DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – Habitat for Humanity hosted a triple home dedication ceremony and a groundbreaking event for another new home within hours of each other on Saturday.
Three Quad City families have become homeowners and received the keys to their brand new homes.
The ceremony honored the hard work and dedication of families to build their new homes from scratch. Each family had to sweat 250 hours working on Habitat for Humanity restoration or volunteering on other home builds. In addition to hours of sweat, each family took lessons in financial responsibility and how to build generational wealth.
The new owners received welcome baskets and handmade quilts as housewarming gifts from Habitat for Humanity to wrap up each of their trips.
One of the new owners, Marcia Ellingsworth, spoke about her experience with Habitat for Humanity and how the opportunity changed her life.
“It has been an incredible adventure working with the volunteers and the sponsors,” said Ellingsworth. “Working together every Saturday and building from scratch was an amazing experience that I will never forget for the rest of my life.”
Habitat for Humanity’s impact on the community goes beyond the families receiving the homes. Longtime volunteer construction supervisor Wally Mook said after 30 years of volunteering, he still hears to this day from the homeowners he helped along the way.
“They’ll text me over Christmas and Thanksgiving,” Mook said. “Thank me for the fact that they have the opportunity to live in a house here in this part of the world.”
In addition to the Triple Home Dedication Ceremony, Habitat for Humanity unveiled its final home.
Armando Aguilar, the recipient of the most recent house, has given almost all of his sweaty 250 hours to Habitat for Humanity Restore and many other store volunteers have commented on how great it was to work with him and that he could work there. full time with them.
Aguilar was thrilled to finally take the first steps towards home ownership.
“I’m excited because I’ve waited so long for my house,” Aguilar said.
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