CLEVELAND - Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, two families are now moving into two new homes all thanks to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity.
Saturday's celebration kicked-off with a ceremony giving two mothers brand new keys to their homes. Both houses, right next door to one another, are located on Colfax Road in Cleveland which is the area that was selected by the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity as the site for its 25th Anniversary Initiative to revitalize neighborhoods.
"I feel excited. I'm overwhelmed with so much … I'm still trying to suck it all in you know," said Rashidta Kimble, smiling from ear-to-ear as she held her daughter. Kimble is one of the new homeowners to receive keys Saturday. The other is a wife mother of two, Junice Maybox.
"I didn't think it was going to happen but it did," said Maybox inside her new home. Maybox told NewsChannel5 she learned of the program though a close friend and applied, not sure if anything would come of it. The process, she explained, includes applying for a grant that pays for half the cost on the home.
Maybox said she always wanted to be a homeowner, but had difficulties getting out of renting. When it came to the place where I was living, Maybox said, "When it was time to fix and repair everything, it would get done. Hot water tank went out, basement flooded, you know, it was prolonged for so long,"
Saturday was the day she became a homeowner. Kimble said she's most excited about the years to come, "…just growing with it, you know, as the years go by, as we grow with it just adding on to it and new things you can do with it – just making it your home."
The homes were completely refurbished with new heating, plumbing and electrical systems, as well a new kitchen, roof and perimeter fencing.
"I'm just excited and I just want to thank the Habitat for helping out and the volunteers. Thank you," she added.
Christmas decorations are already up on the porches and Saturday's light snow was like icing on the cake for both families.
There is another set of homes across the street the Cleveland Habitat completed two months ago with three more homes on Colfax also nearing completion. The Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity says they're hoping to have even more new families moved in within the next few weeks.