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Diboll family of five receives new home from Habitat for Humanity


For the past 14 months Monica Enriquez and her four children have spent their Saturdays at this house working to build their future home.

But this Saturday was different, today Habitat for Humanity officials handed her the keys.

 "Anytime you can help a family, a single mother that's making it on her own with four children that's a great thing," said Terri Cawley, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity, Angelina County.

Executive Director Terri Cawley says that people who qualify for the homes have to help in the building process in what they call sweat equity.

 "Because of that they get a wonderful home with very low mortgage payments with no interest and no closing cost," said Cawley.

The Lynn Street residence in Diboll is what officials call a rehab project, the home was donated and volunteers worked to restore the home.

Enriquez says while helping with the project her and her four kids, Jose, Caleb, Kaylee and Jacob had been staying with her mom for about two years and she says their new home is a welcome change.

 "Oh my gosh yes its very spacious, we were over there in two rooms, it was very hard," said Enriquez.

During the construction Enriquez says she was surrounded by friends, family and members of the community.

Longtime volunteer Johnnie Wilson says that's what Habitat for Humanity is all about.

 "It the most gratifying thing that any person can do is to see someone get a home that deserves and needs it," said Wilson.

Enriquez says the kindness of everyone involved has inspired her to pay it forward.

 "It was just a lot of help it's a great blessing and I'm ready to help other people too," said Enriquez.

The home is 1,200 square feet and has three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

This home is the 16th completed in Angelina County. Officials say that two more are currently under construction.

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