Carolyn McLaurin beamed as she showed off her favorite room in her new house in Gulfport. She said "I love this kitchen. I told my kids with this open area, I'll cook them more meals. It is so beautiful. I tell you I love this house".
The single mom has always dreamed of owning a four-bedroom, two bathroom house, to raise her four children. McLaurin said "They're going to be happy to know they'll always have a place to call home. They won't have to move anymore, because this is our last move".
McLaurin's family teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and more than 75-Mississippi Power volunteers in July to build the Habitat house from the ground up. Their goal was to have the 1,000 square foot home ready for the holidays.
Mississippi Power spokesman Kurt Brautigam said "It was amazing. It was a great effort, and really I think for the employees, that have participated in this project, it's just a chance to give back".
Those who worked side-by-side with McLaurin over the last four months, surrounded her Wednesday afternoon as she accepted the keys to her dream home. Mississippi Power President Mike Garrett said "I would like to present the keys to your new all electric home to you and all your family. I ask that you give this home the same love that it was built with. Congratulations".
McLaurin found it hard to hold back the tears. She said " I would like to thank God for blessing me to be able to have a home for me and my children. I just want to thank everyone who participated and played a part in us being able for us to have a home".
McLaurin added "It's a dream that I never thought would happen for me and it has, owing a brand new home. I never imagined that. So I did get emotional. It's just a blessing, it is".
McLaurin's house is the first one built in "Rosalynn Place", a new subdivision for Habitat for Humanity. Eventually, ten houses will go up in the neighborhood, located just off Teagarden and Riley Road in Gulfport.