Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland will celebrate a home dedication ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 17, in honor of new homeowner, Brenda Walker.
She will officially be presented the keys to her home, following a 6 p.m. dinner at Victory Cove Subdivision.
Ms. Walker has lived in Cleveland since 1994. She is a full-time medical office assistant at Tennova Pediatric and Primary care and has worked there since May 2017.
Her need for a new home became clear as she saw the effects of living in a duplex that was converted from an older home. The foundation is sinking, it has un-level floors, water leaks and a huge sinkhole forming in her neighbor’s backyard. Cracks around the doors allow rodents inside her home, and with that, she has high electric bills. Ms. Walker said she pays 47 percent of her monthly income toward shelter, which is a challenge.
Ms. Walker's best friend, Delia Meroney, has been a Habitat homeowner for the past six years and told her about the program. “Since applying for the program, I am learning a lot about myself through the process," said Ms. Walker. "The sweat equity aspect is very important. It teaches you self-discipline and that you have to work hard if you want something out of life. Habitat homes are not a handout. You must put in time and effort to own your own home.” She is completing her sweat equity hours by working Saturdays at the Habitat ReStore and on office projects.
Brandon, age 24, and Megan, 21 are Ms. Walker’s son and daughter, and Evelynn Brook is her three-year-old granddaughter. Ms. Walker will be the first in her family to own a brand-new home and wants to leave a legacy for her granddaughter. Those who may meet her for the first time will notice that she exudes a warm smile that seems to light up the room, especially when she talks about her family. She is indeed a warm, outgoing and hardworking future Habitat home buyer.
For any questions regarding the home dedication ceremony, contact Meta McGuire at 476-6947, ext. 312, firstname.lastname@example.org.