For Lavonia Owens and her three children, this holiday season is especially exciting. The Owens family will celebrate Christmas Day in their brand new home in the Sterling Community.
Owens, a nursing assistant, has worked alongside other volunteers over the past few months to build her Habitat home. Having the goals of graduating school with a career and becoming a homeowner before age 35, Owens met the final goal today. At age 34, she is now a homeowner.
“The time has finally come,” Owens said. “This has been the best three-month journey that I have ever been a part of. I’ve learned things and met some great people all while building my home. Thanks to the Lord because without him nothing is possible.”
As a result of the partnership between Bon Secours and Habitat Greenville, the Owens home is the fifth of 10 homes to be built in the Sterling community. Bon Secours made a commitment to help build 10 homes over 10 years.
“We’re really proud of all the folks from Bon Secours that have come and volunteered,” Habitat Greenville CEO Monroe Free said. “We appreciate Bon Secours corporate being such a incredible partner with Habitat. They’re just a great partner in so many ways.”
Habitat board member Dan Weidenbenner also lives in the Sterling community.
“This is one of the best neighborhoods that you could have a Habitat house in, and I hope that you’ll get involved in the community and know we have a vibrant neighborhood association,” Weidenbenner said to the Owens family.
Bon Secours CEO Craig McCoy thanked the volunteers and congratulated the new homeowners.
“On behalf of the Bon Secours Health System and all of our employees and medical staff here in the community, it is certainly an honor to partner with Habitat for Humanity and make a difference in the community,” he said.
Dot Russell, president of Sterling Neighborhood Association, welcomed the Owens Family into the community as she presented the ceremonial key.
Owens and her children also received prayers and blessings from Alex Garvey, Bon Secours senior vice president of mission, and Elder Williams of Full Truth Gospel Church.
Homeowner gifts presented to the Owens family included a tool box, lawnmower, local artwork, four Bibles, four quilts, and cleaning supplies.