December 12, 2012 - Longview, TX. –Wesla Richardson and her five-year-old daughter, Veta, will celebrate Christmas this year in a home of their own, after being accepted into Habitat’s partner program last year. The Christmas tree has been decorated and little Veta has added holiday window clings to the windows as she waits for Santa to find her new home.
“She is very excited,” Richardson said of her daughter. “She is tickled to death, because she can have a dog now, and for the first time ever she has her own room. And best of all, Santa now has a permanent address for her.”
Wesla has spent the past 15 months putting in the required 350 hours of sweat equity, but didn’t anticipate how excited she would be to actually move in.
“I never really thought I would be given the opportunity to own my own home,” she said. “I think if I had to describe in one word what we both feel, it would be ‘security’. And being here in time for Christmas is just like icing on the cake, the finishing touch. It’s so nice to have a safe, secure, clean place to live, I actually want to stay at home now.”
80 families have celebrated Christmas in a home of their own since LHFH was founded in 1985. Longview Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit agency dedicated to eradicating poverty housing in Longview. The organization partners with low income families to provide a hand up and out of poverty through volunteer home construction and a low down payment, zero interest mortgage. To learn more, to volunteer or to donate, visit www.longviewhabitat.org or call 903-236-0900.