Walton County Habitat for Humanity dedicates 25th home to one of its own

Published: Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 03:57 PM.

Single mother Teresa Schultz said she never believed she would one day own a home.

Her previous address was a two-bedroom single wide trailer built in the 1970s. The quarters were cramped between Schultz, her 21-month old and her 13-year-old son who stays with her during the weekends.

Schultz was always aware of the Habitat for Humanity program, but never thought she would qualify. In fact, she dedicated 64 hours, from December 2011 to June 2012, to help build a friend's home through the program. It was during that time period, a fellow volunteer told her to apply.

Now, she's the proud owner of a brand new, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house and unlike some other homeowners, Schultz has the unique pleasure in knowing that she helped build her house with her own two hands.

"It's something to be proud of," she said. "It makes you want to take better care of the house."

The Walton County Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1996. It is a chapter of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. The local chapter covers the entire county including DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton, Santa Rosa Beach and Point Washington. Habitat has built about 200,000 houses around the world, providing almost 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. Including Schultz's new home, the local Habitat has dedicated 25 houses in the area.

Between building her friend's home, and most recently her own, Schultz has learned firsthand the hard work that goes into building a house from the ground up.

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