Former Volunteer Gets Habitat For Humanity Home

An emotional ceremony in Longview Saturday to give an East Texas woman the home she's always dreamed of.  On the occasion of the 60th Habitat for Humanity home to be built in East Texas, a significant ceremony marked the turnover of a College Street home to new owner Roshunda Floyd.

"Today is the day," said Floyd.  "I'm a homeowner, and I get choked up because there's a lot of different things I went through to be a homeowner."  Floyd had worked on many habitat homes for others, beginning in April she had worked more than 350 hours on the College Street home. And years before, her mother was a recipient of a habitat home.

"As a teenager I started out in Habitat for Humanity working with my mother and never thought that I would be the one to be a habitat owner myself, but I stood beside her working on many other homes and now its me," said Floyd.

"It means a great deal to be able to help someone succeed in a dream," said Floyd's Aunt, Sandra Floyd.  When the numbers were nailed on by Floyd's daughter, and the keys were turned over, the emotions came through.

"This is really a dream come true," said a tearful Roshunda.

"A lot of people take having a home for granted, but the look on her face today receiving her home was priceless," said habitat volunteer Harold Payton.  Floyd is the first recipient this year in Longview through habitat.  Habitat for Humanity makes no profit on homes they build, and charge no interest on their 20-year mortgages.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.