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Three new Habitat for Humanity homeowners receive keys to new homes

Posted at 6:43 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 18:43:14-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — This weekend a Tallahassee family will wake up in a home of their own all thanks to the City of Tallahassee and Habitat for Humanity.

Over the past two years, City of Tallahassee employees have put in more than 600 hours building three Habitat for Humanity houses on Connecticut Street.

"It's a wonderful feeling. I can't really describe it. But every step of the building process I was there for. It is a wonderful feeling to know that I was hands-on in this process," said Recha Evans.

On Friday, Evans, Kimberly Johnson, and Dion and Leterica Dehaney received the keys to their homes on that same street in Griffin Heights. Three homes were dedicated, but Evan's is the only one completely finished.

"It's absolutely amazing to see the look on the new homeowner's face but what is really special is the look on the kid's face," said Tallahassee mayor John Dailey. "I just walked in there with one of them and they were picking out what bedroom is theirs and it's just a wonderful day."

The Dehaney's Habitat for Humanity home is in the process of being built. Dion says he looks forward to moving in and is proud to be a future homeowner.

"What's next is to basically make it our forever home. Be able to raise our family so they have a stable household and just be happy members of the community and this neighborhood," said Dion.

If you would like to volunteer to build a Habitat for Humanity home contact Big Bend Habitat at 850-574-2288 or go to their website bigbendhabitat.org.