Habitat house turned over to new owners

Mahoningtown Habitat house

MAHONINGTOWN, Pa. (WYTV) – A mother and son in New Castle will spend Christmas in a new home thanks to some hard-working volunteers.

Lawrence County Habitat for Humanity presented the house on Madison Avenue in Mahoningtown Thursday morning. Anika Thornton and her son Kay’oni received the keys as part of the dedication ceremony.

Volunteers and Habitat for Humanity officials attended the unveiling of the organization’s 23rd home. Those in attendance blessed the house with prayers and songs.

Thornton is grateful to be moving in for Christmas after working hard with Habitat to purchase the home.

“It accumulates to like 250 hours. In order to do that, you have that and the $1,600 to put down on the house,” Thornton said. “It is a journey but I made it.”

Chad Weatherby, project manager for Habitat for Humanity, said their goal is to provide families with the security of a home.

“We don’t give people house, we give them opportunities. They have to pay for the house, but they get a great opportunity to raise their family in a home,” Weatherby said.

Habitat officials thanked local donors for providing many of the new appliances and fixtures. Thornton’s mortgage payments will go to help fund future Habitat for Humanity homes in Lawrence County.

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