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Pickens Habitat brings people together to build community! Since 1981, we've helped neighbors achieve the safety and security that can be found in affordable homeownership. We couldn't do this without the help of our local community and caring partners.

Read on to learn more about the impact we've made through the years with the help of generous donors and dedicated volunteers.


 

Building Dreams Together: Wright Family Home Dedication

On a day filled with warmth and community spirit, the Pickens County Habitat for Humanity (PCHFH) family gathered in Liberty to celebrate a very special occasion. January 28, 2024, marked the dedication of a home that was much more than bricks and mortar. It was the realization of a dream for the Wright family, who moved into their new home just before the New Year. This dedication was a celebration of a new beginning and an acknowledgment of the journey, hard work, and love that brought us to this moment.

The Clemson University Campus Chapter of PCHFH, alongside generous partners like Champion Aerospace LLC, State Farm, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Clemson, played pivotal roles in bringing this dream to life. Their dedication and support embody the true essence of community and collective action. But the heart of this story is the Wright family, whose journey to homeownership is a testament to perseverance, resilience, and hope.

Tim Wright, standing before friends, volunteers, and community members, shared his emotions openly, his voice breaking with gratitude. "I never expected to be able to own my own home," he confessed, moved to tears. He spoke of his mother, wishing she could witness how far they had come, a sentiment that resonated deeply with everyone present. The Wrights' journey to this day was marked by more than 400 hours of sweat equity, not just on their home but also supporting other PCHFH partner families, embodying the spirit of mutual support and community.

The dedication ceremony was a poignant moment, offering blessings for each room of the Wrights' home and providing an opportunity for all present to hear directly from the homeowners. It was a chance to celebrate not just the completion of a construction project but the building of a future full of possibilities.

The presence of the mayor of Liberty, Erica Romo Woods, who praised the Wrights for their hard work, underscored the significance of their achievement. She congratulated them on reaching this milestone and commended PCHFH for its commitment to transforming lives through affordable housing. Her words were a reminder of the impact that Habitat for Humanity has on individuals, families, and communities.

This home, now filled with the Wrights' hopes and dreams, stands as a beacon of what can be achieved when a community comes together. It's a place where memories will be made, where laughter and love will fill each room, and where the Wright family can grow and thrive—including their fish and Alice the rabbit.

As we reflect on this joyous occasion, we are reminded of the importance of home and the fundamental belief that everyone deserves a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.

May the Wright family's home be blessed with happiness, health, and prosperity. Their journey is a powerful reminder of the impact of kindness, collaboration, and a shared vision for a better world.

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