WARRENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — New homeowner Victoria Baldwin received some heartfelt advice from her shepherd at the ribbon cutting for Aiken County Habitat for Humanity’s 88th house.
“In order for you to turn this into a home, you must read your Bible and learn what God says about turning a house into a home,” said Mary Yarborough, who sits on the Habitat Family Support Committee. “Surely goodness and mercy will follow you the rest of your years.”
Baldwin and her 7-year-old son Foundation cut the ribbon and were given the keys to their house in the Warren Ridge subdivision.
Not only is the house the 88th one built by Aiken County Habitat for Humanity, but it is also the sixth Women Build house built in the county. The house was constructed primarily by 60 female volunteers. Volunteers included five mother-daughter teams, a grandfather-granddaughter team, students and faculty from the USC Aiken Habitat Campus Chapter, students and faculty from Georgia Health Sciences University, members of the Aiken-based LATCH roofing team and four Habitat homeowners, according to the organization.
Male volunteers also lent their time and expertise, overseeing and assisting the female volunteers.
“You didn’t have to,” said Baldwin of the 100 people who volunteered on the build. “You don’t even know me, but you came out. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Baldwin works at the Area Council on Aging and partnered with Habitat by exceeding the required “sweat equity” hours by volunteering in the ReStore and working on four Habitat houses.
The Sand River Woman’s Club donated a bookcase and books to the Baldwins, Lowe’s donated a tool kit, and Security Federal donated a gift bag.
“I know Foundation and Victoria are living a dream today. Hopefully inside, more dreams will be sparked,” said Tommie Culligan, who represented the Sand River Woman’s Club.
The Aiken Stitchin’ Belles donated a customized needlework sampler, and the Carolina Pine Quilter’s Guild donated a log cabin block quilt, featuring an overlapping design with a red square in the middle of each block.
“This red square represents the heart of the home,” said Diane Miller with the guild.
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