Marisol Vargas and her sons Jaylon, 7, Jordan, 9, and Javien, 2, pose for photographs in their new home provided by Habitat for Humanity during a house warming and dedication celebration, Thursday evening. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Marisol Vargas never thought she would one day have their own home, but with the help of Habitat for Humanity, her dream has come true.
The nonprofit gave Vargas, a senior teller at Washington Federal Bank, the key to her new house on East Beech Street last night during a service of dedication at the address.
“I just want to thank everybody who was a help getting me [auth] this house,” said an emotional Vargas during the service.
“This means the world to me and my babies.”
Mayor Del Jurney, members of Habitat’s Family Selection Committee and representatives of community organizations were present Thursday to bless the new home. They welcomed the residents with gifts including quilts, gardening supplies and a Bible.
Vargas and her three children previously lived with her mother and grandmother. The new homeowner said she could not live on her own before because she could not afford a mortgage while covering the costs of caring for her sons.
The home cost $50,000 to build, according to Mike Puckett, president of the Roswell affiliate of Habitat. The organization gave Vargas an interest-free loan to repay the expense.
Puckett said building homes is about more than putting a roof over families’ heads.
“A home in my view is not only a place to sleep, but it’s a place of refuge, it’s a place of family bonding, it’s a place to grow a family,” he said.
More than 50 people worked on the home, contributing more than 2,000 hours of labor, according to Puckett. Local businesses E and CS Electric and Custom Construction installed necessary equipment at no labor cost.
Vargas contributed more than 270 hours of labor herself. Habitat requires that recipients of single-family homes work on their homes at least 250 hours.
With the house built, only one task remains: moving in. Vargas said she plans to move in after ordering furniture.
Habitat has been active in Roswell for over a decade. The latest home makes 14 that the organization has built in town. The organization builds roughly one home a year, and Puckett would like to increase the pace. He said more volunteers are needed if that is to happen.
To volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, contact Puckett at 624-2171.