The Norman Transcript

May 8, 2013

Local family receives house from Habitat for Humanity

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — A Norman family recently became new homeowners after a Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity home dedication earlier this week.

“We had a wonderful home dedication. It was a great turnout and the weather held out for us,” said Linda Banta, operations manager for Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity.

The home was dedicated May 5 to Jacqueline Moreno and her three children Eduardo, 18, Andrea, 13, and Joaquin, 11.

“It was very emotional. I liked how the house turned out and the kids were very excited; they can’t wait to move in,” Moreno said.

The children will all get their own rooms when they finally move into the new home.

“They keep asking, ‘When are we going to move, when are we going to move?’” Moreno said.

Banta said around 30 people showed up for the event. Everyone from the community was invited and encouraged to bring pantry items for the family’s new home.

“They have lots of pantry items to fill the pantry with,” Banta said.

The Moreno’s pastor also came out to the dedication to do an invitation and closing prayer. Banta said it was done in Spanish and translated into English by Jacqueline’s daughter.

The family also was presented with a family Bible. Banta said every home dedicated through Habitat for Humanity begins with a groundbreaking and ends with a formal dedication in which they bless the house and present the family with a Bible.

“We also had some ladies from the Embroidery Guild come out and give the family a special sampler to hang on the wall,” she said.

The family will not move into the home until the actual closing, after it has been fully inspected, but Habitat for Humanity’s help does not end there. Banta said they have a family support person who stays with the family in case they have any questions about the maintenance of their house and to be there to support them with whatever they need.

“We’re really fortunate and very grateful for everyone who worked on the house and helped out,” Moreno said. “We appreciate everyone who put their volunteer hours there as well.”

For more information about Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity home donations, call 360-7868 or visit cchfh.org.