Habitat for Humanity helps family build their first home

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) -- Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County has been helping build, renovate and repair homes for families throughout the community.

Saturday, one of those families received the keys to their new home.

"It's been a long struggle and hard process, but I made it through by the help of the good Lord, my mom and my kids," said Sonya Stanley.

For the Stanley's it's been nearly a two-year process going through the Habitat for Humanity's Home Buyer Program, purchasing the home with a zero percent interest mortgage.

Executive Director, Carla Schuessler said each family is very hands-on in the building process.

The Stanley's entered the program in October 2016 and have since completed over 530 sweat equity hours, attended monthly financial classes, paid closing costs and paid off all existing debt.

Sonya said it was overwhelming to finally get the key and unlock her front door.

"It's a big deal, I'm going to try to work really hard and pay for it because I'm a hard worker," said Sonya.

One of her biggest inspirations is her family, she herself playing a big part in building the home, doing anything she can to put that roof over her children's head each night.

Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers and supporters from all backgrounds and if you'd like to help with their next project click here.

She said there is a sense pride knowing her and her family helped build this home from the ground up.

"It's been amazing, every day I came out and worked on my own house, with sweat equity and everything I built my own house.

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