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Tia Lynn Ivey Community, Featured

A mother and daughter celebrated moving into a brand new home in Madison this week that they helped build with their own two hands.

Cetorrie Hitchcock and her young daughter were selected as the latest recipients of a Habitat for Humanity house on White Hall Street in Madison. Over the last year, more than 30 volunteers, including Hitchcock, worked tirelessly to construct the brand new three-bedroom, two-bathroom house.

“They built it from the ground up,” said Mike Conrads, board member for the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity. “Their entire family was there and were so supportive. Cetorrie blew through her 200 hours of volunteer requirement.  We are all just so thrilled with the way things turned out.”

Local leaders from the City of Madison and Morgan County gathered with Habitat for Humanity officials, volunteers, and the Hitchcocks for a housewarming celebration last Saturday.

“I am blessed to have this home,” said Cetorrie Hitchcock. “I appreciate Habitat for Humanity selecting me and my daughter to have this roof over our heads. It feels like home and the Habitat family as really become a family to us. I was grateful not only to have a new home but that I got to learn how to do knew things, to build things with my own hands. It’s a blessing to me to have this warm, beautiful home to go to everyday for my daughter and myself.”

Leader from Habitat for Humanity were pleased with Saturday’s housewarming event.

“It was a tremendous success with a great turnout from city and county officials as well as a large number of volunteers who helped build the house. The new homeowner’s family was represented also. It was a proud day,” said Mary DiLetto, vice president of the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity.

Habit for Humanity leaders are thrilled for Hitchcock and hope her story inspired the local community.

“She is an example to the community,” said Maureen Ronan, president of the Morgan County Habitat for Humanity. “More and more, it becomes obvious that she and her family will be an absolute success and a perfect fit for what is being provided through this house. She is going to be a textbook case for success.”

The Hitchcocks are looking forward to meeting their future neighbors as the lot next door is reserved for another Habitat for Humanity house. The organization is currently reviewing applications for a family in need of a house and will hopefully break ground this April.

Ronan formerly served on the City of Madison housing commission and is looking forward to leading Habitat for Humanity in a way that will help “revitalize” the Canaan neighborhood.

“These two independent organizations are working toward a common goal,” said Ronan of Habitat for Humanity and the city’s housing commission.

An anonymous donor bought the land on White Hall Street in Madison for Habitat for Humanity, The City of Madison subdivided the land to create two housing lots and a third lot that Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) purchased to eventually build a “tot lot,” a park for younger children.

“This was coordinated effort,” said Conrads. “We appreciate all the city has done to make this happen.”

Conrads praised the donor who originally purchased the land for Habitat for Humanity.

“They wanted to remain anonymous, but wanted to acknowledge their father’s ability to have a vision and build for the future,” said Conrads. “We just wanted people to know that.”

According to Habitat For Humanity, the group is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homelessness worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all faiths and walks of life to work together in partnership, building houses with families in need. Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County has built at least 20 houses in the local area over the course of the last 20 years.  The organization is always looking for volunteers and donations to continue their important work within the community.

“If you feel called to help Habitat with your Time, Talents and Treasure, just give us a call,” said Conrads. You can reach the Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County at (706) 431-6139.”

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