MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - They celebrated a labor of love in Moss Point on Wednesday. Habitat for Humanity presented Sally Epps with the keys to her new home. The elderly widow, and mother of five, was at a loss for words after experiencing such generosity.
"Many volunteers helped, and we're all here today to celebrate with Ms. Sally as she receives the keys to her new home," said Dorothy Shaw, Board Chairman of the Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation.
Sally Epps is coming home. Dozens of volunteers spent the past 12 weeks building her new house on her old family homestead.
"This property, you've lived here for 70 years, and it really was a blessing for us at Habitat to have the opportunity to help you, take this house and rebuild it to help you make it a home," said Chris Monforton, with Habitat for Humanity.
"As we stand here today, we see a perfect example of what we can do together in the life of a family and of a community," said Kimberly LaRosa, with Gulf Coast Renaissance Corporation.
This neighborhood is filled with family members of Epps. She watched the home building from a relative's house next door.
"My cousin let me have her porch and her rocking chair, and I watched every board that was put up," Epps recalled.
Volunteers who built the home say they've been blessed by being a small part of this project.
"It's been great to see the community come out, and she knows like half the people in Moss Point, so we're real happy for her, especially knowing how long she's waited," said Paul Waters, with Habitat for Humanity.
"Here's the keys to your house. All finished and ready for you to move in," said Adele Lyons, as she presented the new set of keys.
As the proud new owner showed family and friends her new house, she couldn't help but smile. This means the world to her.
"It means that I'm back home, 'cause all up in here is my family, and this is where I was born and raised. So, I'm back home," said Epps.