New Habitat home to be dedicated Sunday

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SARATOGA — Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity welcomes the public to celebrate the completion of a new home located at 6722 Shannon Road at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Community leaders, supporters, Habitat friends and volunteers will gather to mark the occasion and celebrate along with homeowner Julie Hernandez and family.

This home was built as part of the State Employees Credit Union Habitat Challenge, a joint initiative with the SECU Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina designed to expand affordable housing across North Carolina. The partnership will provide $10 million over a three-year period for Habitat to build one new or renovated home in each of the state’s 100 counties. 

“We are so thankful for the SECU Foundation,” said Elisabeth Farnsworth, executive director for Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity. “Because of their financial support, and all of our other contributors to this home, we are already moving forward with plans to choose our next partner family and make homeownership possible for them. 

“SECU has really given Habitat affiliates across the state a tremendous gift that has done so much good.”

In addition to SECU, many local organizations and businesses have made contributions to make this home, which is Wilson Area Habitat’s first build outside the Wilson city limits, possible: Hawley Electric Inc., Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Adams Products Co., Kenwell Plumbing, Performance Heating and Cooling, Home Builders Supply Co., DLT Roofing, Langley’s Landscaping and Lawn Care, Carolina Tile Co., Truswood, Jarco Supply, Penny Drywall Construction, Herring-Sutton & Associates, CG Masonry, Farmer’s Concrete Services, Adams Flooring Co., PLT Concrete Services, Tri-City Insulation and Building Products, Creech’s Plumbing, Priority Waste, Wells Fargo, Wilson Rotary Club, Lowe’s, Hill Building Contractors and A+ Graphics. 

Like all Habitat homeowners, the Hernandez family contributed a minimum of 200 hours of “sweat equity” working on the construction of their home, volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and attending homeownership and financial classes.

As a new homeowner, Hernandez will continue to make monthly payments on a low-cost, no-interest mortgage, which in turn will go toward building more Wilson Area Habitat homes. 

For more information about Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity and how to contribute or volunteer, contact Elisabeth Farnsworth at 252-291-0816 or director@wilsonhabitat.org.