Habitat For Humanity Gives Moore Tornado Victim A Home
MOORE, Oklahoma - It's an exciting time for a woman who lost her home in the May 20 tornado back in 2013. On Sunday, she got the keys to a brand new home, thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers.
Yannet Hodson has waited for over a year to have a new home to call her own. She and her son have been living in an apartment while it was being built, but that soon changed.
Near 4th and Santa Fe in Moore, it's opening day and already a full house. The Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity held a special Home Dedication with the Hodson's friends from Faith Crossing Baptist Church.
"We dedicate this home to cooperation, may your home have joy and high fellowship, might this house be a strong house built on a firm foundation,” said Pastor Craig Wright.
In the spirit of giving, the Turkey Day 5K Committee presented Habitat for Humanity with a $10,000 check. Volunteers started building Hodson's home last April, so it's been a work in progress, but well worth it.
"To me, it just signifies, we're really getting it done," said Linda Banta, executive director for Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. “She has a brand new three bedroom, two baths, two-car garage, brick house for $700 a month, and the rent in this area, I think is anywhere from $1100 to $1500."
Each cabinet, fixture and appliance means so much to Hodson who lost everything in the May tornado.
“Overwhelming to see all your belongings spread everywhere. We had all of our walls blown down, so everything was exposed and blown away. It has been a long road,” Hodson said.
Now, Hodson is thankful, for the new start and for all the help that made it possible.
"It means so much for the both of us. It's a new beginning. It's hope. It's a bright future. It's just giving you that push to continue on in life, so I cannot be happier."
This was just the first of 10 homes that Habitat for Humanity is rebuilding in Moore. Banta says the house has a zero-interest mortgage, so the family already has half of it paid off.