Abbeville Family Receives New Habitat for Humanity Home

Abbeville, AL - Christmas came early for Gregory Porter and his family.

"Big day. Biggest one I've had in a long time. Thank God for a big day like this. I don't remember the last time I got something new for Christmas, but I got something new now brand new for Christmas," said Porter.

Friday, the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity dedicated his new home in Abbeville. The walls were raised in August, and leaders say they were determined to have the keys in his hand by Christmas.

"It was something that we can't hardly put into words. It was such a special time to see everybody come together and welcome him into his new home and wish him a Merry Christmas," said Amy Schutz, executive director of the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity.

Since 1990, Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity has built 118 homes. This one is five years in the making, but Porter says it was worth the wait.

"I'd just be patient and wait. So I've just been patient a long time, and I waited. It's here."

In addition to waiting, Porter and his daughters also put in the work. 500 hours to be exact, helping to build their home and others. They also went through a selection process, home ownership classes, and paid the down payment. Porter also walks with a prosthetic leg. His home was designed to be wheelchair and walker accessible.

"This is a hand up and not a hand out program. We want them to be very involved in the building of their house. Very involved in the community and pulling people together to build this house," said Schutz.

"Wherever your heart is at, that's where your home is. This is where my heart is going to be right here," said Porter.

Porter is finally home for the holidays.

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