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Acadiana family starts new beginning in Habitat for Humanity home

One Acadiana family is celebrating new beginnings Wednesday evening. The keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home will finally be handed over.

While it’s just one family receiving a brand new home, the community and volunteers who helped make it possible are all cheering in support.

“I’m on top of the world I helped put this together, it’s mine, it’s mine.”

“It’s mine” is a phrase Tonya Jean says over and over again while standing inside her brand new home. Between the physical labor in building the house, the finance and homeowner classes, the road to get to this moment wasn’t easy.

Jean says, “At first I was like ‘ugh I don’t know if I could do this’. I was discouraged, I almost quit but, you know I stuck it through and now I’m just in awe.”

It’s the same rewarding feeling volunteer Madison Burns feels when reflecting on all the hard work. “If I messed up or I see somebody else messed up and they didn’t fix it that’s what I start to think about, they really do deserve our best work because that’s what we promised them.”

Every dedication is special, but this one will hold an extra special place in Burns’ heart. For the first time she is presenting the keys. “I haven’t made real, real connections with the homeowners like I have with Tonya so that also kind of adds on too. The keys, they symbolize a new beginning, a new life and it’s like you’re physically handing that over to them.”

For Jean, this is much more than a new beginning. “It’s a forever home for me and my kids, it’s a dream come true to tell you the truth. I can’t even explain it right now how happy we are. My kids are so so excited, you don’t understand.”

To learn more about Lafayette Habitat for Humanity click here.