Habitat for Humanity–North Central Georgia conducted a dedication ceremony for four families on Dec. 14.
Two homes were part of an annual ecumenical build where about 12 local churches joined together to raise the funds and provide volunteers to build the homes. A third home was sponsored by local businesses.
The dedication ceremonies took place in two locations in Woodstock, with the first ceremony in the Villages of Park Creek neighborhood on the border of Cherokee and Fulton counties.
Three homes were dedicated in the first ceremony to the Rodriguez-Mora, Njuguna and Shafik families.
More than 75 community members, sponsors, family members and Habitat staff and board members attended the ceremony to celebrate with the three families.
The first home was built in partnership with the Rodriguez-Mora family.
Tina and Victor Rodriguez-Mora have two children, Victor Jr., 12, and Victoria, 8.
“The family has faced many hardships over the years including caring for an ill relative. Tina works as a medical assistant and Victor is self-employed,” said Habitat spokeswoman Kristyn Johnson. “The family is living with Tina’s mother right now and is very excited with the prospect of having their own home where they can raise their children.”
Their home is part of the ecumenical build and was sponsored by Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell United Methodist Church, Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Saint David’s Episcopal Church, Saint James United Methodist Church, Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
The second home was built in partnership with Stephen and Risper Njuguna, who have one infant son, Brandon, 9 months. The family emigrated from Kenya in 2011 in hopes of a better life, Johnson said.
“Stephen works at a car dealership in the service department and Risper works part-time at a local thrift store,” Johnson said.
The family’s home was sponsored by Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church and Saint Brigid Catholic Church as part of the ecumenical build.
Habitat partnered with Bahaa Shafik and his wife, Sahar, on the third home. They are parents of Mariam, 12, and Androw, 10. The family emigrated from Egypt about five years ago so that they could provide a better life for their children.
“Everything has been wonderful except for our current living situation,” Bahaa Shafik said. “Our apartment is unsafe for the children. The windows leak and the heating doesn’t work. There have also been several burglaries in the apartment complex.”
The family is looking forward to owning their own home. Shafik has been working at a local supermarket for several years.
The home was sponsored by AutoTrader.com, GEICO, MarineMax, Metlife Volunteer Project Fund, Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation, Schneider Electric Foundation and Employees, and the State Street Foundation.
The fourth home, located on Lyndee Lane in Woodstock, was dedicated to the Palffy family.
It is the first of three homes that will be built on this street by Habitat NCG.
Melanie Palffy said she was excited about being able to move into her new home just in time for the holidays. There were many tears as she accepted the keys to her home.
At the ceremony, she said she is “looking forward to having a stable home where my children will never have to switch schools or lose friends again.”
Palffy has two children, Heaven, 11, and Holden, 6.
She has worked for a local healthcare center in Canton for five years as a medical assistant and is also working toward a degree at Chattahoochee Technical College.
Habitat was able to build the home with the help of several community sponsors including: Verizon Wireless, Cherokee Association of Realtors, Windsong Properties, The Eyl Family, AccuAir, Country Carpets, and Complete Roofing Solutions.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia, visit www.habitat-ncg.org