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Thursday, September 9, 2021

Habitat for Humanity owners lauded for ‘sweat equity’ in earning new homes

The Habitat for Humanity of Marion County is celebrating the sweat equity and dedication of two volunteers who became the organization’s newest homeowners.

The Habitat for Humanity of Marion County made the dreams of two new homeowners come true earlier this month, when volunteers Shirley and Ed were handed the keys to their homes.

According to the organization, Shirley joined the group’s homeownership program in May 2020 and has “gone way above and beyond her required ‘sweat equity’” in her volunteering role.

Shirley receives this home from Habitat for Humanity of Marion County
Shirley earned this home through volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County

Audrey Clark, who was the first homeowner for Habitat of Humanity of Marion County back in 1990, had the opportunity to pass the keys to her friend.

Ed, who was previously a part of the program, had to step away due to a tragic burn accident. After rehabbing through severe burns, Ed returned to volunteering with the organization. His home was dedicated to Dave Wright, a volunteer that spent countless hours helping build Habitat homes for 17 years. Wright passed away in June.

Ed accepts home from Habitat for Humanity of Marion County
Ed accepts home from Habitat for Humanity of Marion County

According to a Facebook post from the organization, Shirley frequents the 27th ave ReStore, and plans to volunteer there. She grew up down the street from her new Habitat home.

Habitat for Humanity of Marion County offers those who can not otherwise afford a home the chance to make a pathway towards homeownership.

“Our homeowners are hardworking individuals who are gainfully employed, many at more than one job, and typically spend more than half of their income on housing,” reads a post from the organization’s website.

For more information or to inquire about the Homeownership Program, visit the Habitat for Humanity of Marion County website.