Deer Park, MD (June 29, 2018); Garrett County Habitat for Humanity held the home dedication ceremony for the Jacob and Kelly Friend on June 29, 2018 at their Hopeland Village development near Deer Park. The Friends were welcomed into their new home at 142 Frank Custer Drive by a group of more the thirty friends, family, and Habitat supporters.
Garrett County Habitat holds a dedication ceremony for each new family that purchases a Habitat Home. Brent Stone, GCHFH Executive Director, officiated the ceremony; while Pastor Carl Fike gave the invocation. Affiliate President Fred Eggleston presented the Friends with a hammer; the hammer symbolizes all the work the family did on their home and other Habitat projects. Habitat volunteer Ida Maust presented the family with a Bible; the Bible symbolizes the Habitat’s Christian ministry to help families in need receive decent, safe, affordable housing. Brent Stone presented the Friends with the keys to their home, symbolizing the transition of the house into a family’s home. Fred Eggleston also presented the family with a fire extinguisher, compliments of Rockville United Church. Pillar of Life Mennonite Church presented the family with a hand-made comforter. Virginia Grove read the “Bless this House” poem, and Pastor Fike closed the ceremony with the Dedication Prayer. Food for the dedication ceremony was provided by the GCHFH Hospitality Committee.
The Friends purchased their home after completing the Garrett County Habitat for Humanity’s application process. As part of the process the family had to complete 500 hours of “Sweat Equity” on their home and other Habitat projects, as well as complete mandatory homeowner education courses. Upon completion of the application process Garrett County Habitat sells the home to the Partner Family at cost, and supplies the family with a 30 year fixed 0% mortgage.
It is the mission of Garrett County Habitat for Humanity to provide lower income families in need with safe, decent, affordable homes. This is only possible with the generous support of our community and with the hard work of many volunteers. Garrett County Habitat would like to thank everyone who contributed to the completion of the Friend’s home and all the homes that are built for families in need.