Habitat holds home dedication

PARKERSBURG – Wood County Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 69th house on Sunday with the family who will make it home.

“I can’t believe this has all happened so quickly,” said new homeowner Bonnie Lyons. “I feel like I’m in a dream a very good dream.”

Lyons will take possession of the home today with plans to bring her daughter Angela Lyons home to stay within the next few weeks.

Angela Lyons, 23, is paralyzed and has been living in an assisted living facility as she is unable to live with her mother because their former home was not equipped to handle her needs. The new house, located at 4105 10th Ave., has been built with the young woman in mind and includes a wider than normal hallway and large bathroom with an open shower.

“This has been an amazing journey and I know when I get my daughter home, things will get even better,” said Bonnie Lyons. “I believe she will soon be able to walk, talk and do what she wants after we get settled.”

Bonnie Lyons said she has volunteered on two other homes for Wood County Habitat and has not seen a house go from an empty lot to complete in five months.

“Even though I worked on other homes, I never thought of requesting one for my little girl until someone suggested it and I am so very, very glad I did,” she said. “I am so grateful; only God knows how I feel.”

Habitat volunteer Raymond Ray gave the blessing of the house during Sunday’s dedication and said his favorite part of working with the organization is seeing so many people give to those in need, including Bonnie Lyons.

“The giving is a wonderful thing to see and I don’t think there has been a more worthy candidate for a home than her,” Ray said. “The houses our Habitat builds are really nice homes and I believe the families who receive them and work for them are dedicated to making them homes.”

Presentations were made to the family that included the home’s keys, a Bible and other housewarming items donated by area businesses.

Alvin Phillips, executive director of Wood County Habitat for Humanity, said with the Lyons home finished by the organization there are plans to finish the 65th and 66th houses after issues occurred to delay their completion.

“We will get them finished and help those families start a new life while we also have plans to begin work on our 70th house, located on Spring Street across the street from our second house,” Phillips said. “So, in a way, we are coming full circle.”

Habitat for Humanity is a Christian ministry that builds or renovates homes with lower-income families who are currently living in substandard housing. After being approved, a family works “sweat equity” hours for months, helping with other homes, at the Habitat office and in other ways.