Habitat dedicates two homes in Hartselle

Randy Garrison

Hartselle Enquirer

Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County allowed two new families to become homeowners Sun., Sept. 11. Robbie Garmon and family and Elleasia Robertson and family, are now homeowners. The previously built homes, which were recently refurbished and now look brand new, are located in the Habitat Subdivision known as Phoenix Place off of Pennylane in Hartselle. They are located at 509 and 603 Homeplace Ave. in SE Hartselle.

The dedication ceremony was held with a welcome from Habitat Executive Director Mindy Thwing. Friends, family members and well- wishers were on hand to celebrate with the new homeowners, bless the new home and pray for the families that will be living there. The families were handed the keys to their new homes and also presented a Bible to recognize the love that has been shared that enabled the families to become homeowners.

Habitat is a non-profit organization that enables families who could not go through a normal home buying process to purchase a home. The family makes a down payment on their home by helping to build or re-model the home they will occupy or the home of any other Habitat family. The down payment is known as sweat equity. The prospective homeowners must still qualify and are required to make affordable monthly payments on the home. The costs of the homes are lower in part due to donations and free labor in many circumstances. The new homeowners are also taught how to budget for home ownership and maintenance and upkeep for their home.

The refurbished homes were sponsored in part by Russell Forest Products, Inc. and the Russell family of Hartselle; Julie Russell Hall, Kelly Russell and Jennifer Russell Ricks. Payments from other homeowners also enabled the homes to be refurbished for new owners.

The mission of Habitat is as follows:

Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.

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