Habitat for Humanity Puts Another Family in a Brand-New Home

With a blessing, the Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated. New owner, Tanya Harvey, says it's a day she never thought would happen.

"I'm just happy. I'm just happy, and I am so excited. I am truly blessed," she said.

Harvey's two daughters, Taya and Tiffani, are excited too. They gave everyone a tour of the house. They especially like showing off their rooms. Mother, Tanya, says she and the girls were living with her mother, then she found out about Habitat for Humanity.

"I think it's a wonderful program. I think everyone that's able should look deeper into it because it's a wonderful project," said Harvey.

"We try to target those folks in the community that might qualify of home ownership, but possibly not through conventional means, so Habitat is there to help folks that might not get a loan elsewhere," said Habitat For Humanity President Mike Johnson. Organizers say building a house like this one wouldn't be possible without the help of volunteers. More than 80 members of St. Thomas Catholic Church and local Seabees spent their Saturdays building the home for the last 10 months.

"We who are followers of Jesus Christ know the Lord tells us whatever we do for neighbors, we do for him, and so this is a way of making our faith visible," said Bishop Thomas Rodi. Organizers say the Habitat for Humanity program is not only good for the families that it helps, but it's also good for the entire community.