Dreams coming true – Central S.C. Habitat for Humanity building 3 homes in Cayce

Tina, Jamecia and Katona – Photo by Allen Wallace.

A dream years in the making is about to come true for three local families, thanks to their own hard work and support from their community.

Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity launched its Spring Blitz Monday in Cayce, and by day’s end three new homes had already begun to take shape, thanks to work from dozens of volunteers and the future homeowners.

Tina, Jamecia and Katona had never met when they all started the Habitat program in 2015, They’ve become friends while putting in the required “sweat equity,” working at least 350 hours each on homes for others. Soon, they’ll be neighbors, each owning one of the three new homes.

“I’m just so blessed to have been accepted,” Tina said Monday. “A happy struggle, I would call it.”

Tina and Katona each have three children, while Jamecia has taken over guardianship of her younger brother and her nephew, while also raising her son and working full-time.

“My mother, who passed, told me about the application. She kept on harping. If it hadn’t been for her, I wouldn’t have made it,” Jamecia said. “I want the security of a steady place for my family and my children. I will know and be able to show them, that you can succeed despite the odds you’re faced with.”

Their houses will include the work of high school students from Brookland-Cayce and Airport who participate in Lexington School District Two’s Career and Technology Education (CATE) program.

Kenny Shumpert’s class of six students took on the job of building 33 walls for the new houses.

“To build a house is a big deal. And for them to frame the walls in a controlled environment, then get to see them being built into a home, that’s powerful,” said Habitat Executive Director Roy Kramer.

So many hands, so much work, but the result will be worth it for three women and their families.

“I was in public housing [when applying for Habitat] and the neighborhood we lived in was not a safe neighborhood. I remember going to bed crying,” Katona said. “I would love for my kids to have their own safe place to run around outside and finally have some stability and something that is ours.”

Thanks to a community coming together, they soon will.

More information on the Spring Blitz is available at the Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity website.

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