Walton County Habitat for Humanity New Home Recipient Expresses Her Thanks
March 8, 2013 by SoWal Staff
Habitat for Humanity of Walton County dedicated their 25th home this past Saturday, March 2 at 9 am in Freeport to widow and single mother of two, Teresa Schultz, who first was a volunteer for the nonprofit organization before applying for herself.
Schultz had previously dedicated 64 volunteer hours into Habitat’s 24th home for a fellow family, when she, too, learned she and her family qualified for the Habitat program.
“Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, along with its many dedicated volunteers, partners, sponsors and staff has afforded me the opportunity to see my lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner come to fruition,” says Schultz. “No words can express what a blessing this is to my family and myself.”
“I would like to say thank you so very much to each and every person that was involved in making our dream come true. Without you all, this would not have been possible.”
Walton County Habitat for Humanity received $63,000 to build this home courtesy of last year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF). Executive Director, John Russell, and Charity Relations Chair, Bob Gelardi, were in attendance for Saturday’s dedication.
“Working as closely as I did with everyone made me realize how special an organization Habitat actually is", summarized Schultz. “It's almost like having an extension of your family with the bonds that you form with everyone. Again, thank you all so very much.”
Pictured from left to right: Teresa Imdieke, Bill Rennicke, Dan Smith, Terry Jones, Teresa Schultz, Fred Marks, Angela Vaughn, John Russell, Patrick Murphy, Bob Gelardi, Michael Henry, Laury Gelardi, Catharine Augustine
About Walton County Habitat for Humanity
Founded in 1996, Walton County Habitat for Humanity, a chapter of Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Walton County covers the entire county including DeFuniak Springs, Freeport, Paxton, Santa Rosa Beach and Point Washington. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to make a decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. Habitat has built some 200,000 houses around the world, providing almost 1 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe, decent, affordable shelter. HFHI was founded in 1976 by Millard Fuller along with his wife Linda.