Local woman receives new home from Habitat for Humanity

Local woman receives new home from Habitat for Humanity
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped build, renovate and repair more than 600 thousand homes to people worldwide.

Sunday Calcasieu's Habitat for Humanity presented Tiffany Ceril with the keys to her very own home.

"I'm excited," said Ceril. "I'm just so ready to just pack up....and I'm ready to go."

The Calcasieu Area Habitat for Humanity hosted a home blessing for Ceril where the organization prayed over her home, and had a candle lighting ceremony.

Ceril applied for her home in 2014, and when she was approved local volunteers, particularly women, began building her home from the ground up in March.

President Kathy Lewis-Thomas enjoys watching those who apply finally receive the home they always wanted.

"It's really great to just see the feel of the homeowner," said Lewis-Thomas. "To know that this is mine, me and my family are moving in here, it's just such a great feeling to just see the happiness that it brings about."

The organization just has one main goal.

"Our mission is to see that everyone has a decent place to live that they can afford," said Lewis-Thomas.

And for Ceril, it's a new feeling she's ready to experience.

"It's just different to know that this is going to be my home," said Ceril. "It's going to be affordable, and I can relax."

Habitat for Humanity is always looking for people to donate land and for volunteers.

To  volunteer for their next project you can call the main office at 337-497-0129.

For more information about Calcasieu Area's Habitat for Humanity click HERE.

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