LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Habitat for Humanity is having problems with recruiting volunteers and financing due to the recession, but that didn't stop a Lake Charles woman from receiving a new home. Marilyn Guillory is a new home owner.
"It means a great deal to me because this is something that I've always wanted and I was able to accomplish it through Habitat for Humanity," said Marilyn Guillory.
"It's a blessing, it's just wonderful. I was shedding tears for her just for her to have a place to call your own. It's a blessing from God," said Lashanda Butler.
"This is just a phenomenal opportunity that she is able to own her own place and so a dream becomes a reality," said Julie Giordano.
Marilyn's new home is the fifty-third house that Habitat for Humanity has built. Through donations, materials, and volunteers, this project was possible.
"No it couldn't be possible without Habitat and they worked real well with people helping them to do this. Getting the volunteers and the donations," said Guillory.
"They really made a difference because she wanted this for a long time and didn't know how she was going to get it. Thanks to Habitat she has received it," said Kanisha Guillory.
Family and friends came together to celebrate another success story; a new home for Marilyn Guillory. While Habitat made the difference, Marilyn also contributed.
"That's amazing. It's an amazing experience to put forth the effort into your own home. To know that you also helped bringing this home up," said Butler.
"It was a great experience working with people from different states and we worked together and got this done," said Guillory.
"She was able to put in three hundred sweat equity hours which is really amazing. She was able to contribute to her own home," said Giordano.
Habitat for Humanity and Marilyn worked hard together. Friends say, this home was meant for her.
"Ms. Guillory is very deserving of it to have a place for her family to come just sit down and relax in," said Butler.
"She really deserves it because she's always helping someone else and it's a blessing," said Kanisha Guillory.
"Best part is me knowing that I'm getting a house and I wasn't able to do that before," said Guillory.
Marilyn purchased the home with a no-profit loan, and her monthly mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.