Habitat for Humanity dedicates another home in Columbus

Published 12:31 pm Monday, April 15, 2024

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COLUMBUS—On Friday, April 12, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity dedicated a second home on Blanton St. The house’s dedication was a significant event in the Columbus community and a testament to the power of volunteerism. 

Numerous volunteers, members of the Edwards family and Habitat for Humanity staff attended the celebration, which marked the realization of Hilary Edwards’s dream of homeownership. The event was filled with joy. 

When asked what she liked best about her work, Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity President Linda Saturno said, “We’re doing it today, the dedication and key pass; this is the intersection point where our work meets our mission.”

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For new homeowner Edwards, the journey to homeownership was a personal one. 

“I give all glory to God,” she said. “This was all thanks to the Lord. Today is a sigh of relief. The whole thing was also an excellent learning experience. It even helped me conquer my fear of heights by working on a ladder.” 

Edwards also thanked the many volunteers and staff who made it possible, adding, “If it wasn’t for them, none of this was possible. I can’t thank them enough for everything.” 

Another bright spot is that her new neighbor on Blanton St. happens to be another Habitat homeowner and a friend she grew up with and went to school with in Landrum. Now, their children will attend school together and enjoy the benefits of growing up in a safe and cozy home that they can call their own. 

Habitat Board Chairman Jim White expressed the organization’s desire to build more in the Columbus area and the need for volunteers for future projects. “To be a volunteer, you don’t need to know anything about construction. I had a desk job until I retired. We’ve got a great construction site supervisor in Doug Bailey who’ll show you how to do things along with the rest of our wonderful team.”

The celebration’s highlight was the key pass and cutting of the bright blue ribbon, which Edwards and her daughter happily participated in with the staff and volunteers. This completed her journey of home ownership and opened the door to a new journey for her family. 

Visit thermalbelthabitat.org to learn more about Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity, volunteer or apply to become a homeowner.