By: Lanetra Bennett
June 24, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - A mother of four with a five-year goal to own a home sees her dream come to reality.
It was done in three years thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
WCTV was there as the woman unlocked the door to her new Tallahassee home for the first time Monday morning.
With a simple twist of a key, Elizabeth Powell stepped into her dream world.
"Happy, excited, joy." She says gleaming.
Powell is now the proud owner of a brand new home.
Members of the Habitat for Humanity, organization partners, Powell's church and family members dedicated the home Monday morning.
She says, "It'll be a lot better. My kids don't have to worry about sleeping nowhere on the floor or on each other. They have their own rooms."
Powell is the first person in her family to own a home.
Everyone was excited to go through the three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The house comes with all of the appliances, including an energy-efficient washer and dryer.
WCTV was at the Harris Street home back in March when college students from Michigan came down to spend their Spring Break to help build it. Seventy-five students from FSU's Habitat for Humanity also came every Saturday during the Spring semester to help build."
Daniel Mineo with FSU Habitat for Humanity says, "It's about Elizabeth, seeing her just emotional and grateful, that's what it's about. There are good things in this world; that's what it is."
Powell worked 400 hours helping to build her home and other habitat homes.
Mineo says, "You hear on the news a lot all the bad things. This is just one of those good stories that warms your heart."
The Powell Family will officially move in sometime in July.
Press Release: Big Bend Habitat for Humanity
TALLAHASSEE, Florida (June 24, 2013) -- Elizabeth Powell, Big Bend Habitat for Humanity's next homeowner, will participate in the dedication of her new home on Monday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. The dedication will be held at 1617 Harris Street.
The four bedroom/two bath house is sponsored by FSU Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter, St. John's Episcopal Church, Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Grace Mission Episcopal Church, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Grace Lutheran Church, The Friends of Laura Randolph, The Rotary Club of Tallahassee, Sunrise Rotary Club, and The Brinkmeyer Family. While sponsors such as these cover the cost of all materials, Big Bend Habitat for Humanity stills relies on volunteers and private/corporate donors to construct the home, and to cover costs beyond materials.
Big Bend Habitat for Humanity invites the public to come out in support of its newest Habitat homeowner! Big Bend Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit ecumenical ministry that is committed to the elimination of substandard housing and homelessness in Leon and Gadsden Counties, by building safe, decent and affordable homes for those in need.