[December 26, 2012]
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As the blessing of the 17th
Habitat for Humanity home neared its close, Mike Kubat, who helped
lead the build of this home, offered the keys to the Utterback
The family was then asked if
they would like to say a few words. Harley told the group of
at least 30 people in the room that the home was far more than he
ever expected it to be. He also said that some folks have the
misconception that Habitat homes are given to people. He
commented, "You get out of it what you put in."
He also acknowledged all those
who had given their time and talents to the build of their home and
said that the words "thank you" would never be enough.
After Harley spoke, his oldest
son, Aven, also talked to the group. He said that he and his
family would have been happy with a smaller home, but this was so
much more than they expected. Aven and his brother each have
their own room, there is a third bedroom for their parents, a
laundry room, large bathroom and a large open-concept kitchen,
dining and family room.
The home is built all on one
floor for convenience for Harley, who has difficulty walking. It is already equipped with a kitchen range, refrigerator,
dishwasher and garbage disposal.
The last event of the day was
the singing of "Bless This House," accompanied by John Sutton on
The family wasn't able to
officially move in Sunday as there are still some very small jobs
to be done. However, Chaka said they will be living in the
home for the new year, and that is a wonderful way to start 2013.
Read more about the Utterback
family in this story:
A home for the Utterbacks.
Pictures by Nila Smith