Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County Dedicates New Home

September 5, 2010
Dwayne Page
Kim McCowan and Grandchildren Carrie, Katelyn, and Haley
Kim McCowan cuts ribbon to her new home

A dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon by members of Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County to commemorate the recent completion of the third partner family home at 110 Hayes Street in Smithville.

Kimberly McCowan and her grandchildren, 11 year old Carrie Carroll, 14 year old Katelyn Walz, and 9 year old Haley Carroll are expected to move into the home on Tuesday. Ms McCowan says the family loves their new home and are thankful to everyone who helped them. "I have many, many folks to thank. I want to thank everyone who has volunteered on the house, everyone who fixed food and brought it over to us, and everyone who has donated to us. God bless all of them and everyone in DeKalb County. Thank you all very much."

Sharon Evans, Vice President of the Habitat Board said Sunday was an exciting day for the McCowan family and for members of the Habitat committee and volunteers who helped build this new home. "We're thrilled to see Kim McCowan and her granddaughters move into their home. They have worked very hard and we've had so many wonderful people here and even from other places come and help make this happen so we're thrilled. You know we started our family selection process last August and here we are dedicating the home in September so we're down to a year. We'd like to continue building once a year. That's our goal."

"This home is located on Hayes Street here in Smithville between College and Short Mountain Streets. It is a three bedroom, one and a half bath home and it's about 1,050 square feet. It has a crawl space and front and back porches, and it's going to have a yard. We'll have some finishing touches, yard work in the fall when the weather cools so if anyone is interested in helping with that we still need some landscape and yard work done", said Evans

The dedication ceremony featured opening remarks by Habitat Board Vice President Sharon Evans and scripture reading and prayer by Larry Steffee, pastor of the Center Hill Brethren in Christ Church. Nancy Lewis, Board Secretary, also read scripture and Mark Estes, a native of Smithville and former executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Mozambique and Vietnam also spoke briefly. Glenda Davis, Board Treasurer led the Responsive Reading: Litany of Life, as all Habitat members and guests laid hands on the home:

"As a symbol of cooperative goodwill, work, and sharing"

"We dedicate this home"

For family living, a place of love and respect between all members of this family"

"We dedicate this home"

"As a place where this family may grow, play, and learn"

"We dedicate this home"

"That this house may serve as a place for rest, shelter and laughter"

"We dedicate this home"

"In thanks to you, Lord, for guidance and wisdom in this project and in our lives"

"We dedicate this home"

Larry Green, Board member and pastor of the Smithville Cumberland Presbyterian Church, presented McCowan a Bible and Gary Johnson, Construction Committee Chairperson, formally presented McCowan with the keys to the home and she then cut the ribbon.

The program ended with the group reciting in unison the Lord's Prayer.

The Habitat board would like to thank the host of professionals, churches, businesses and individuals who contributed in so many ways to the completion of the home. May God bless you!

The 2010 Board of Directors include President Tom Janney, Vice President Sharon Evans, Secretary Nancy Lewis, Treasurers Glenda Davis and Kim Wheeler, and members Michael Antoniak, Michael Carpenter, Robin Driver, Lisa Garrison, Larry Green, Gayla Hendrix, Adela McGeehin, Hearon Puckett, Pam Restrepo, and Laura Stone.

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