Rain didn’t dampen the spirits of 40 volunteers Saturday as they joined together in building a house for Habitat for Humanity – a house that will be a home for Lisa M. Thaxton Taylor and her two daughters.
“It will be our first home,” Taylor said after helping raise a wall on her new house on Fair Street as the rain poured Saturday morning. “This has been a lifetime dream, to have a place for me and my children. I want to thank the Lord for being so good to us and for everyone who is helping make our dreams come true.”
Taylor is a cancer survivor and has worked for 10 years at Stewart’s Pharmacy. Her children are both still toddlers.
“They will get to grow up here and call it home,” Taylor noted. “We are excited to see what God has done in our lives.”
According to Todd Herzog of the local Habitat foundation, the house is the 27th residence built by Warren County Habitat for Humanity. The volunteer program helps build homes for people who could not afford a new home on their own.
On Saturday, Oasis and the Warren County High School football team provided the lion’s share of muscle in raising the new house along with Clark Brothers Construction.
“We had about 20 players come out and help. This wasn’t a required activity. I just put it out there and they came,” said new WCHS football coach Tom Moore, noting it is a chance for the players to give back to the community that supports them every season. “It’s also team building, plus they can drive by here for years and point to this house and say they helped build it.”
Holly Cherry knows all about the effect Habitat for Humanity can have on a family. She had a Habitat house built for her three years ago.
“It’s been a blessing,” Cherry said as she stood in the rain watching the new house being built.