ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County family received an early Christmas present — the keys to their new home Monday — courtesy of the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity.
The McIntre family — father Jerry, mother Regina, and twin sons Jarod and Jerry Jr. — received the keys to their new home on King Street in Elizabethtown. Van Gunter, with the Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, presented the family their keys. The foursome also received a flag from Bladen County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Dawn Madden and a Bible from Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity Vice President of Family Services Chaly Cross.
“I can’t tell you how impressed I’ve been with them,” said Tammy Laurence, executive director of Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity, of the McIntyres, “their character, their hard work, their love for God, and God’s hand on them.”
The home — funded by the State Employees’ Credit Union — was part of the credit union’s commitment to affordable housing in North Carolina. SECU signed a Foundation Challenge committing $10 million over a three-year period for Habitat for Humanity to provide 100 new homes, or one in each of the state’s counties.
Regina McIntyre said the home “means the world” to the family.
Habitat for Humanity Homes are provided to families who put in 300 hours of sweat equity. In addition, when families take ownership of the home, they are required to pay a mortgage on it, which helps the local tax base.
Habitat for Humanity of Bladen County is currently renovating a residence in Dublin and will be selecting a family for the home shortly.
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