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Habitat for Humanity dedicates Parkersburg home

Xzantheia Watson and her son stand on the porch of their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was dedicated Saturday. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — A Habitat for Humanity home, the first completed since the pandemic began, was dedicated on 11th Avenue in South Parkersburg Saturday for the family of Xzantheia Watson.

“We are thrilled to dedicate the first Habitat home in 2020,” Alvin Phillips, executive director said. “Xzantheia has worked extremely hard in helping build Habitat homes since April 2019, and we are happy to celebrate this milestone with her today.”

Phillips praised the community for their efforts in completing the home despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“COVID has presented some challenges for us, but thanks to our dedicated volunteers and staff, in addition to our generous community, another home is completed,” he said.

Several organizations in the area did their part to help.

Alvin Phillips, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director, praised the community for their efforts in completing the home despite COVID-19 setbacks, during Saturday’s dedication of this home, House #107. (Photo Provided)

DuPont sponsored the home and nearly 70 DuPont Washington Works employees helped with construction.

“In 2019, Habitat for Humanity International and DuPont engaged in a national partnership to bring the power of DuPont employees and donated building materials to the construction site,” a news release said.

This home was the start of the partnership in the local area.

The Rotary Club of Wood County helped to paint the house and donated lighting. Wincore Windows Co. LLC donated windows and doors and helped secure donations for siding and shutters.

People from M&S Concrete volunteered to lay the sidewalk, steps and parking pad.

“Throughout the project, community volunteers invested over 1,400 hours of time helping to make the dream of homeownership possible for the Watson family,” the release said.

Funding for the home came from Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, McDonough Foundation, West Virginia Housing Development Fund and the U.S. Department of Housing and Development.

“Habitat partners with homebuyers who are committed to providing sweat equity hours, take homeowner education courses, and have met all requirements of homeownership. Once the home is completed, homebuyers pay a manageable mortgage payment, with no interest on their loan. Habitat does not offer a hand-out, but a hand-UP, to those who are ready and able to enter into the partnership,” the release said.

The next dedication will take place in Williamstown later this year.

Businesses who want to become involved or sponsor can call (304) 422-7907 or visit www.habitatmov.com.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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