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Habitat dedicates 83rd house

Aug. 25, 2013 @ 11:36 PM

HUNTINGTON -- At her small apartment on 9th Avenue, Gloria Greene barely had space to get around in her wheelchair scooter.

She won't have to worry about that anymore.

On Sunday, Greene expertly motored up the switchback ramp at 1829 9th Ave. After cutting the ribbon, she rolled right into her new spacious home with ease.

"I won't have to tear up the door to get out, and it won't be a worry for me to get around," Greene said of why she was so happy to get her new home -- the 83rd house built in Cabell County by the Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity.

At the Sunday afternoon dedication, dozens of friends and neighbors packed the sidewalk in front of the house, which had a theme of ""Raising the Bar, The Lawyer Build" since the construction of this home was partially funded by Prim Law Firm, Bowles Rice and Cyrus and Adkins.

A collaborative build between Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity of West Virginia, the home was constructed in celebration of Habitat for Humanity's 25th Anniversary of homes being built for families in need in the Mountain State.

David Michael, the CEO and executive director of the Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity, said the 700th West Virginia house will be dedicated later this year in Morgantown.

Here in Huntington, this home is special, as it is the fourth recent home whose roof has solar panels, thanks to a donation from Mountain View Solar of Berkeley Springs, W.Va. One of the home's building supervisors, Ken Jordan, said the panels will knock $20 to $30 a month off the home's already efficient $80 a month average electric bills.

In addition to the regulars, other help in this building included students and mission groups from Bike and Build, Boston College, John Hopkins University, St. Peter's Prep, Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church and Trinity Lutheran Church.

Getting emotional before the ceremony, Greene said she felt blessed to be surrounded by so much love.

"I'm feeling a whole lot blessed by all the people who've come out for the dedication," said Greene, whose volunteer hours for her home were chalked up at the Habitat office, which is located at the chapter's Habitat ReStore, a retail shop at 240 3rd Ave., Huntington, that carries tons of donated items from furniture and decor to home repair supplies.

Patrick Lucas, the board of directors for the local chapter, said that Habitat needs a wide range of volunteers from office workers like Greene to the regulars (the 14 guys who show up and do the bulk of the Habitat building).

For more information on how to become involved or volunteer, call 304-523-4822, visit online at www.hahabitat.org or follow the group on Facebook at Huntington WV Area Habitat for Humanity.

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