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New Habitat home a ‘blessing’ for family
Circle View Street house is the 19th built in Franklin County
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Staff Photo by Charles Boothe: Tami Smith stands on the front steps of her new home with children, Tiolla, 9, and Azariah, 5. A dedication of the Habitat for Humanity home was held Wednesday afternoon.

Friday, October 26, 2012

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Tami Smith of Rocky Mount was covered in tar earlier this year, but she was happy.

That's because she was involved in the first step of building a Habitat for Humanity house as she and her family applied tar to the house's foundation.

"I was covered from head to toe," she said.

But on Wednesday afternoon, Smith was celebrating moving into the house with her two children, Tiolla, 9, and Azariah, 5.

Many came to help her celebrate the dedication, including Habitat board members, family, friends and the construction supervisor, Raymond Peterson.

The three-bedroom house, located on Circle View Street, was finished in June, she said, but she was part of the building process every step of the way.

"I loved it," she said. "I was able to see every step of it being built from the ground up."

In fact, she has a gallery of photos showing the building process.

Smith was not alone in the construction. It was a family affair.

"My kids helped as well," she said, along with other family members, including her grandfather, Aaron Reynolds; mother, Betty Helms; stepfather, John Helms; sister, Natasha Williams; brother, Christopher Williams; and fiance, Andre Wilkerson.

During the dedication, the house was blessed by Associate Minister Tyneka Wainwright with Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.

Smith received gifts, three quilts (one for her and two for her children), from Meg Brager, a member of the Sew Sisters in Moneta.

She also received artwork from Cindy Treadway, a friend of the family.

"It is a blessing," Smith said of the house, which is the 19th built by Habitat for Humanity in Franklin County. "It is our home."

Many were thanked for their efforts in constructing the house and donations of materials, including Ply Gem (windows), Willow Tree Nursery (foundation plants), Master Gardeners (planning and planting), Uttermost (items inside home), Amy Pendleton (warehouse renovation and space) and Farm Bureau Insurance (office space).

Habitat board members also thanked Judge Bill Alexander, Sheriff Bill Overton and Wendell Flora for allowing the use the skills of the work release population on construction and Rocky Mount District Supervisor Charles Wagner for his contributions.

For more information about Habitat, call 483-8884.

 
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