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Quincy resident receives new home with help from Habitat for Humanity

QUINCY – One Quincy woman is in a brand new house Sunday night thanks to Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity.

Jauna Byrd said it’s time to make her new house on Lind Steet, her home.

“I can’t wait for my first Sunday dinner,” Byrd said. “To cook and have my friends and family come over and we can just sit down and enjoy my new place.”

Byrd said she’s always wanted a house of her own, but could never afford a down payment.

She said that’s when she applied for Habitat for Humanity.

“The next thing I know, they told me we were building a house,” Byrd said. “I’m like who, me? It took forever for it to just sink in.”

Officials with Quincy Area Habitat said Byrd and her family earned it.

“She worked her 150 hours,” president Lee Lindsay said. “Her daughter worked her hours. Her son worked hours.”

City leaders, volunteers, family and friends joined Quincy Area Habitat today to dedicate and bless the house.

It’s a blessing Byrd said she’ll always remember–a brand new home, built by total strangers.

“It’s just a beautiful thing to see that people who didn’t know me, for them to come and want to see my dream fulfilled like that,” Byrd said. “It touches your heart, it really does.”

Officials with Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity said they’ve already started building their next home in Grandview Estates in Quincy.

If you’re interested in volunteering or applying for a home, you can go to their website, here.

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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