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Habitat's 14th house dedicated

Posted: December 25, 2012 - 11:05pm
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Lee Pickett, right, introduces the Gomillion family during the dedication ceremony. Family members include Lilly Gomillion, left and her daughter, Ala'zia. Not picture is Gomillion's son, Kendre'l Pixley.  Nikasha Dicks/STAFF
Lee Pickett, right, introduces the Gomillion family during the dedication ceremony. Family members include Lilly Gomillion, left and her daughter, Ala'zia. Not picture is Gomillion's son, Kendre'l Pixley. Nikasha Dicks/STAFF

Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta dedicated its 14th house Dec. 17.

Having a place to call home is a blessing, said new homeowner Lilly Gomillion.

“Being a single parent and having to rent wherever I go, it’s a blessing to own my own home,” she said.

Gomillion will share the home with her daughter, Ala’zia, a pupil at Paul Knox Middle School, and son Kendre’l Pixley, a student at the University of South Carolina Aiken.

Construction on the home began in March. The house was sponsored by Potash Corp, Bridgestone, Walmart and First Baptist Church of North Augusta.

Many volunteers gathered each week to help build the home under the guidance of Benjamin Hills, who was the foreman for the project.

“It means a lot to me that so many hands came together for someone they didn’t know,” said Gomillion.

She also put in sweat equity along with support from her coworkers at FedEx and her church family from Second Baptist Church in Aiken.

By the dedication ceremony, Ala’zia had already selected which room of the three-bedroom, two-bath home would be hers. Although she was not old enough to contribute in the same way as the adults, she helped in every way she could, even if it was just sweeping, said the 13-year-old.

It meant a lot to see so many people attend the ceremony in honor of the family, she added.

“I thank God that people can be here to help celebrate,” she said.

The family will begin moving into their new home over the holidays, said Gomillion.

Habitat for Humanity of North Augusta is accepting applications for more homes. The application and qualifications can be found at www.hfhna.org.

Gomillion encourages others to take the step toward homeownership and not let self-doubt stop them.

“With God, all things are possible,” she said.

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