Habitat Homeowners Hang Their Hat

During the winter months, many families escape into the warmth of their homes for comfort. With the help of Habitat for Humanity, three East Texans will soon know that feeling for the first time.

Betty Dotson, Pamala Ford and Andrika Orange attended dedication ceremonies for their new Habitat Homes Sunday afternoon.

The three women put in hundreds of "sweat equity" hours to get their first homes. Ford and Dotson both look forward to giving their kids bedrooms of their own.

Dotson and her two children will move into their three bedroom house within the next three weeks. Dotson held down two jobs and put in 398 volunteer hours to get her home. And the hard work is not over. All three homeowners will face mortgage and utility payments each month.

Dotson says faith and Habitat for Humanity helped her dream come true. For ten years, she's been living in a space too small for her family.

"It's a lot more than I could have asked for," said Dotson. "I'm very thankful to the Lord for blessing me with this home and to Habitat."

Two of Dotson's relatives performed a praise dance outside her new residence during the dedication. The Smith Baptist Covenant and the Smith Baptist Association sponsored the home. Before the ceremony wrapped up, Dotson received a home repair kit and a Holy Bible with illustrations by Thomas Kincaid.

Kerri Panchuk, reporting.