‘New beginning’: Owner gets keys to Habitat House in Struthers

Janine DiPaola's house was built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley

STRUTHERS, Ohio (WYTV) – Remember back in April when there was a plan for a house in Struthers to be built in two days?

Well, Sunday, Janine DiPaola received the keys to the house that was built by volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning Valley.

“It’s overwhelming, you know?” DiPaola said. “To go through the whole process and to finally get to this point, you’re filled with so many emotions. It’s amazing.”

In April, 150 Habitat volunteers built 90 percent of this home in two days.

“They came and they put their heart and soul and blessed this house with their hands and their talents,” DiPaola said. “It was the most organized chaos.”

Habitat has been doing finishing touches on the house since that April build.

DiPaola already has a favorite spot.

“I love the kitchen,” she said. “It’s plenty big enough for me to cook in and entertain in.”

But to DiPaola, her new home is so much more than a house.

“Its a new beginning,” she said. “It’s a new chapter in my life — hopefully a better chapter.”

DiPaola moves in this weekend.

And she has a message to all the people who helped make her dream come true.

“I don’t think ‘thank you’ is enough,” DiPaola said. “I mean you could say thank you from now until eternity — its not enough.”