After completing construction in record time, Habitat for Humanity will dedicate its 40th home in Burlington County—and its first in Moorestown—on Sunday afternoon.
The home, at 45 E. Third St., is the first home Habitat for Humanity Burlington County has built in Moorestown in its 25-year history. Construction began with a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 29, followed by an official wall-raising on Aug. 30.
"This particular project seemed like it was blessed from the get-go," said construction manager Allen McSparron. "We had great building weather, as well as brilliant crews and volunteers who moved the build swiftly. Everyone’s contribution has helped us beat our previous construction record by almost five months.
The house is being sold at an affordable price—with a 0 percent interest mortgage—just in time for Christmas.
"I am beyond happy right now. I can’t put into words how I am feeling except that I feel blessed," said soon-to-be homeowner Kayla Lyons. "People helping each other, that’s what it’s all about."
Like all partner families of Habitat for Humanity, the Lyons family completed the required 400 hours of "sweat equity" in order to purchase the home. Sweat equity, a process designed to prepare families for the responsibilities that come along with homeownership, includes working on Habitat construction sites and participating in financial education classes.
In addition to the hard work and support of volunteers, the finished home was made possible by a partnership with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The partnership, Thrivent Builds, awarded nearly $90,000 to help fund the construction of the home.
The dedication will take place at noon Sunday, Dec. 16.