Today dozens of church members, friends and Habitat for Humanity volunteers pulled together their resources to a Dothan woman her dream home.
For Mary Parsons, it's a new beginning that's been a long time coming.
"I've been working with Habitat for several years and they kept saying next year, next year, next year, and i didn't give up. Kept my little bit of faith and just kept on and kept on," Parsons says.
That perseverance has finally paid off. Family, friends and volunteers crossed the threshold of her new home Sunday at a dedication ceremony held by the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat's Amy Schutz says it's a rewarding experience for all involved. "There's nothing like that feeling on dedication day, that happiness and elation that we get just from being able to hand over those keys and knowing that this is their forever home they have worked so hard, putting their own sweat hours and labor into finally finishing their own home."
Sweat equity hours are part of the volunteer requirement for becoming a habitat homeowner. And Parsons says it is more than worth it in the end.
"We just kept on and kept diligent and kept seeking the lord, put him first, and look the miracle."
At the dedication ceremony, habitat members presented parsons with a bible, a hammer to represent the hard labor that went into the project, and finally, the keys to her new house… making her dream of home ownership a reality. Parsons says this experience has taught her the importance of faith in spite of circumstance.
"You know when you got faith, you don't know what's ahead of ya. And you gotta walk by faith, not by sight."
The house was finished and ready for move-in... Just in time for Mary Parsons' 70th birthday. And this is one she won't forget.