Three lucky families can now call themselves homeowners thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
The Kenneh, Waters, and a third family each had their homes dedicated in a ceremony that has become commonplace with completed HfH homes. During the dedication ceremony, numerous community leaders, home sponsors, HfH members, and even the new homeowners were invited to speak.
Three special guests were also in attendance as Miss Connecticut, Heidi Alice Voight, Miss Maine, Karissa Staples, and Miss Rhode Island, Allison Rogers each performed for the rain-soaked crowd and homeowners.
The three homes dedicated are just three of 17 to be completed on Colina Lane, the location of the former Oak Street Projects.
"We expect to be done the neighborhood two years from today," said Chip Huston, Executive Director for HfH Chester County.
Abby Schaefer of QVC, a sponsor for the homes, congratulated the homeowners on their new titles.
"We are thrilled we can finally say welcome to your home," she said. "We wish you the best of luck with your new home and welcome to the neighborhood."
Representing The Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh and the Peoples Bank of Oxford, Gary Davis presented each child of the new homeowners with a $50 savings bond.
"This is the best thing ever," said Hope VI Coordinator Kathy Kline. "I envisioned this on paper. It's been seven years that we've been looking at pictures."
As part of the dedication, HfH gave each family a toolbox and a bible and each had an opportunity to speak to the crowd.
One homeowner, holding her daughter, thanked everyone who had helped in getting her into the house.
"We have been blessed," they said. "Home is where the heart is and where love should always be."
The homeowner also shared a poem they wrote entitled, "This home that you have built is made of love."
Pastor John Carlson gave the invocation and dedicated the three new homes.
"I want to say thank to Chip," said Carlson. "HfH is truly a wonderful group of people."
Once all the paperwork and final construction odds and ends are completed, the families can move into their new homes.