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'I'm just blessed:' Habitat dedicates two homes for single mothers

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

After hours of personally building their home with friends, families, and volunteers, two single mothers received the keys to their completed homes Tuesday evening in an emotional ceremony.

Fiona Walker and Nalves Cade completed Habitat for Humanity's requisite work over the past two years in the Talkington Addition, and both said completing the project made it worth the work.

City councilwoman Shelia Patterson Harris gave an emotional testimony to the life-changing work underway at Habitat, and said she's seen firsthand the positive effect having a steady home can have -- especially for children.

"It's been a hard time, a struggle," Walker said after the dedication, "but it was worth it."

Walker said it was an overwhelming experience, but she's excited to finish moving in Wednesday.

Cade said the home will be a true blessing for her and her children, and she's happy to be finished renting.

"At least now I know where my money's going," she said, "I'm no longer just paying rent to be paying it. I'm actually buying something."

Cade said she'd recommend Habitat for Humanity to anyone who wants to get their own home. She said the program has its difficult days, but was much easier than she expected.

"It's just a blessing," she said.

Lubbock's Habitat for Humanity is no longer using volunteers due to COVID-19 safety concerns, but staffers and future homeowners are picking up the slack. Both mothers, who work in essential businesses, spent their free time on the construction sites to build their homes.

Each homeowner has to spend at least 100 hours building their homes, according to the Habitat program. Director Christy Reeves called Cade and Walker heroes for their service in work and in volunteering.

As part of the dedication, Breedlove donated blend meals for both families so they have food waiting when the move is finished.

You can visit Lubbock Habitat for Humanity's website for more information on the programs and how to apply.

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