As Loudoun Habitat for Humanity was wrapping up its 25th year of providing adequate housing for county citizens in need, the organization was able to turn over the keys in dedicating its 46th home.
Gebrehiwot Christian and his family became first-time homeowners as they received the keys to their home in Hamilton at a dedication ceremony on Dec. 15. Having served Loudoun County for the past 25 years, this is Loudoun Habitat’s 46th home, helping 186 people to date.
“To say ‘home’ or ‘our home’ feels good,” Gebrehiwot said at the dedication. “Knowing that we have a place to call home and go to is nice. This home will provide us the peace of mind, knowing that we do not have to move.”
The Christians’ journey to homeownership has not been an easy one. Introduced to the Loudoun Habitat program by friends, Christian and his wife Netsanet were struggling to find an affordable home for their young family. Christian was working several jobs, spending a lot of time away from his family, to afford their two-bedroom apartment.
After the dedication ceremony, attendees were able to tour the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home, which was built with donated materials, volunteer labor and the dedication and commitment of the homeowner family.
This home dedication demonstrates Habitat’s mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.
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