HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Habitat For Humanity of Angelina County celebrated its first mortgage burning today. First time homeowner Rhonda Dunn was thrilled to share the special moment with friends, family and the organization that helped her accomplish her goal.
"To know I won't have to pay that not every month is a wonderful feeling," said Dunn. "I've had it paid off since December, so in January I kept feeling like I forgot to pay a bill."
Being a single mother of three, Hudson ISD employee Dunn always dreamed that she'd won a home, and thanks to Habitat For Humanity, that dream became a reality.
"I would never probably have been able to own my own home and purchase a home," she said. "Because they do this for single parents and people under low income, it gives people an opportunity they wouldn't have otherwise."
Habitat For Humanity does not just provide home loans, they require the people they help to actually take part in the building of their houses.
"We here at Habitat For Humanity believe in a hand up, not a hand-out," said Habitat For Humanity of Angelina County director Terri Cawley. "These folks have to put sweat equity hours in to make their dreams come true."
Along with her family, friends, and community at Hudson ISD, Dunn was able to build her home in eight months.
Seventeen years and a lot of hard work later, Dunn was finally able to call herself a homeowner, and a proud one at that.
"I feel excited to know that it's paid for and it's mine," Dunn said. "It's my home and I'm very proud of it and I'm proud to have it."
Habitat For Humanity will build their 18th home soon after the lot was donated by Lufkin Councilman Victor Travis.