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Habitat makes Ford's dream of home ownership a reality
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Sarah Ford is the recipient of the 34th Habitat for Humanity home constructed in Warren County. She will share the home with daughter, Lyric, and soon-to-be husband, Joey Burton. Construction on the home started May 1. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The joy of homeownership is worth the wait, says Sarah Ford. 

“I am so excited. I’ve been waiting since 2019. It’s been a long time. Thankfully, the wait is almost over. This will be my first home. I’m excited to finally have a yard for my daughter to play in. When you live in an apartment, that’s what you miss out on the most – a yard.”

Ford was selected in early 2019 to receive a house through Warren County Habitat for Humanity in 2020. Then, the pandemic put a halt to everything the organization had planned for its 34th home. Construction finally began this past Saturday on a three-bedroom, two-bath home.

Warren County High School football players, Oasis Church members, and Clark Brothers Construction were on site to help.

“I could not believe how many people came out to help,” said Ford. “I was overwhelmed. It was nice to see so many people willing to help build my home. It started going up quick. I was shocked at just how quick.”

While 2020 was troublesome, 2021 is gearing up to be just the opposite.

“Everything in my life is changing,” said Ford. “I’m engaged now. A dedication ceremony on the house is set for Aug. 7. I’m expecting my second child on Aug. 8. My birthday is Aug. 1. August is going to be an amazingly busy month.”

A baby boy will join big sister Lyric, 9. 

The gift of homeownership is not free. Among other requirements, recipients must pay back the material cost of the home without interest over 20-25 years, commit to paying $900 in earnest money before receiving a home, and commit to 500 hours of sweat equity helping build their home and the homes of other recipients.

“I can’t thank Habitat enough for this opportunity,” said Ford. “I’d also like to thank all the volunteers who are helping with construction. This means so much to me. I’m so grateful.”

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit www.hfhofwarrencounty.com or call 668-6166.