Sanford Habitat for Humanity completes home for family

May. 05, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

On her newly-constructed wooden deck and steps, Linda Sue Mari Johnson put her arms around her two boys and thanked the community members who gathered at her doorstep Saturday morning. 

Johnson’s home, located at the 1400 block of Hudson Avenue, was the 32nd home constructed and dedicated by the Sanford Area Habitat for Humanity, a national Christian nonprofit which gives families a chance to own a home and make interest-free payments on the homes.

Gary Wicker, director of Sanford’s division, said he was very proud of the volunteers who worked to construct the home during a 9 a.m. dedication ceremony.

“It’s fantastic,” Wicker said. “A family is moving into a new home and homeownership is a benefit for Lee County.”

Johnson while her two sons, Shane Patrick Cameron, 11, and Christopher Scott Cameron, 10, said her family was very excited about moving into the home next week.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication,” Johnson said. “To everyone who volunteered their time to help build this house, prepared a meal, donated materials, watched the boys or simply kept me in their prayers, I would like to take this time to thank you from the bottom of my heart. There are no words to describe the outpouring of love we have felt from all of you.”

Johnson, her relatives and friends completed their required 400 “sweat equity”hours by working in the Habitat Home Store and working at the job site.