Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity blesses 53rd home
From Staff Reports
Local clergy, key community leaders, and Habitat for Humanity board, staff, and volunteers assembled March 23 to bless Newnan-Coweta Habitat’s 53rd home.
At the close of each build or renovation,Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity, Inc. turns over the keys to a new homeowner and conducts a special ceremony to bless the home and those who will live in it. This meaningful setting provides an opportunity to reflect on where the journey began – from approval to home ownership.
Marion Holloway and her family were welcomed to their new home and neighborhood in Newnan. House warming presentations were made by Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity, the Odyssey School and Councilman George Alexander.
Marion Holloway, a single mother, had a family of five in need of decent shelter, which is why Holloway applied to become a Habitat homeowner. After completing a comprehensive qualification process, Holloway was chosen to become a Habitat Family Partner because of her level of need, willingness to become a partner in the program and her ability to repay the loan.
In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, Holloway invested hundreds of hours of her own labor into building her Habitat house.
Habitat houses are sold to partner families at no profit and made available with affordable, no interest loans. The homeowners’ monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat houses.
Participating in the House Blessing were the homeowner, Marion Holloway; George Alexander, Newnan City councilman; Charles Dancy, family friend; Andy Geeter, director of Odyssey School; Charcus Holloway homeowner’s son; Janet Holloway, homeowner’s mother; Leslie Merriman, executive director of Newnan-Coweta Habitat; Jenny Petrino, Odyssey School PTO president; Stephanie White, Habitat Board member; and Stephanie Wisenbaker, Esq., Habitat Board member.