Family of Three Receives Key to New Habitat Home

Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Melekhova Home Dedication
Ribbon cutting ceremony at the Melekhova Home Dedication

DuPage Habitat Supports Local Family's Access to Affordable Homeownership

DuPage Habitat for Humanity celebrated helping another family achieve homeownership at a dedication ceremony Friday, August 3, 2018, on Blackhawk Ave in Westmont. The new homeowner, Kate, thanked all those who worked so hard to help her reach this goal.  Nearly 300 volunteers contributed 4,500 hours of their time to help build the house that will soon be called home by Kate and her two boys, Leo and Mishka.

Donors, volunteers, staff and friends surrounded the Kate and her children, as they joined in the celebration of this milestone. After explaining that Kate had worked very hard over the last 9 months, having had performed 500 sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners, Dan Carter, long term construction volunteer of DuPage Habitat for Humanity, presented the family with the key to their new home.

At the end of the ceremony, the Kate and her boys cut the ribbon that hung across the doorway and invited supporters inside for a tour of their new home.

Kate is looking forward to the warmth and stability that a house will provide for her family. “I have a place in my past that I can call my childhood home. It holds very precious memories that make me happy. I have been dreaming of a house that will one day be in the center of my boys memories marked as their ‘happy place’,” she said.

DuPage Habitat for Humanity was able to rehabilitate the home to Energy Start Standards, and sell it at an affordable price, thanks to the support of their sponsors, volunteers and donors.  

To learn more about DuPage Habitat for Humanity individual and team volunteer opportunities for upcoming builds, contact Brenda Lane-Nordine at blanenordine@dupagehabitat.org or 630-510-3737 ext. 314.

  

 

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