GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Habitat for Humanity held one of its largest dedication ceremonies to date in South Mississippi. It dedicated 22 homes on 45th Avenue in Gulfport. 15 of the families were there for the dedication. Among those recognized were first-time homeowners Wanda Taylor and Cynthia Evans.
"It's the best experience I ever had. It really made me appreciate having a home because I worked on it myself," says Wanda Taylor, a new Habitat for Humanity homeowner.
"It's got my blood, my sweat and my tears," says Cynthia Evans, Habitat for Humanity homeowner.
The building got underway in 2007 as part of a building blitz. The women worked alongside more than 500 Ameri-Corp volunteers. In the months that followed, they continued working on their homes until construction was completed.
"We don't give people anything. You really get to work side-by-side with people and watch the amazing things that they are able to do for themselves," says Erica Higgs with Habitat for Humanity.
"It's a real blessing cause we've all gone through it together," says Evans.
In all, some 40 habitat homes have been built in the area. Homeowners received bibles and a gift bag during the ceremony.