Thursday, July 18, 2013
Kyisha Jones has some new keys.
And they are very special keys because they open the door to a new life. This new life was hard won with hard work, the help of a community of special people and organizations, and a lot of sweat equity.
Kyisha and her family, with the help of Habitat for Humanity, have just finished building themselves a house.
And a beautiful house it is. The one story, three-bedroom house has an open and airy feeling to it. Walking through the front door into the living room, a cathedral ceiling greets visitors, and the living room segues into an open plan kitchen-dining area. Down a short hall are three bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom has an en suite half-bath.
Hardwood floors, carpeting in the bedrooms, new appliances, complete the home. Well, almost. The arrival, this weekend, of Kyisha and her kids and their belongings is what this home is waiting for.
Friday evening, friends, neighbors, many of those who helped Kyisha build her house, Boy Scouts and Habitat folks gathered on the front lawn to welcome Kyisha to the neighborhood and her new home, bless the house, cut the ribbon and celebrate with a buffet on the lawn.
Boy Scout Troop 469 offered a Presentation of the Colors and Kyisha’s niece, Jalaya Dargan, gave an a cappella vocal performance.
Sponsors of the build include Ann Graves, Atlanta Bread Co., Blanchard Equipment Rental, Carolina Fresh Farms, Dow, DHFH Carpenter’s Club, The Exchange Club of Charleston, Floyd Dupree, GAF Materials Corp., Home Depot of Summerville, Junior Service League of Summerville, Larson, Modern Woodmen of America Chapter 5145, Quoizel Lighting, RLA Associates, PA, Schneider Electrical, SCE&G, Tri-County Roofing, Valspar, Whirlpool and Yale.
Churches in Partnership with Habitat and the build include Bethany United Methodist, Charleston Southern University, Dorchester Presbyterian, Felder Creek Community, St. John the Beloved Catholic, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Summerville Baptist, Summerville Catholic School and Summerville Presbyterian.
Also, Robert Arrington, Home Energy Group, Nancy St. Hilaire, Travis Hawkins.
Volunteer groups helping with the actual building of the house include those from the US Air Force, US Navy, St. John’s Beloved, Motley Rice Law, USC Alumni Group – Boeing, Sun Trust Bank, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Felder Creek Church and myriad individuals.
Those present joined hands circling the house to say a blessing for the house and the meal.
A new chapter has begun for Kyisha Jones and her family.