6 Columbus residents awarded new homes

By Katherine Kington - email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was an emotional afternoon with hugs, smiles and tears shed as 6 Columbus homeowners were awarded their homes."

Cynthia Kemp, one of the 6 receiving the homes, says "I've been through the struggles with my husband but we hung in there and we couldn'ta did it without the help and the guidance of the people in habitat."

Cynthia Kemp is just one of the six new Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Habitat for Humanity dedicated the 1st 6 houses they've constructed in 2010.

"Being able to meet these families and know that even if it's just a small part that I have impacted or the ability to impact someone's life and change someone's life." Said Katie Parker, Development Coordinator for Columbus Habitat for Humanity.

The homeowner candidates were required to make 1200 dollars a month and put in 500 hours of work building the home with habitat for humanity

"The families that live in the habitat homes pay a monthly mortgage and a lot of people don't realize that.",  Adds Parker.

Geraldine Burston is a previous recipient of a home from Habitat. She says every day it feel like she won the lottery. "That was the best thing that ever happened to me except for being here with cancer. I'm still happy."

The idea of owning a home, is still shocking to Kemp, "I'm just, just filled with joy because we own a new home and I never thought we'd be able to own a home but there are so many blessings not only for me but for others as well."

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