Home for the holidays

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM

her four children might someday find a place to call their own.

That someday came on Wednesday, as the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity dedicated the 1,040-square-foot home at the end of Branmar Woods Court in Spring Lake to Thompson and her children.

“It feels like I’m home,” said Thompson, surrounded by her children and parents. “This is the best Christmas present ever. It’s like a new beginning.”

Nearly 50 well-wishers joined the family in prayer and celebration. Thompson’s parents, Elizabeth and Dewey Eubanks of Muskegon, led the prayers and praise.

“I think this is marvelous,” Elizabeth said after the service. “I can’t praise God enough. I don’t have enough words or enough praise for how He moved in the hearts of people. I feel blessed and thankful that God solved it for her to receive this blessing. I will never forget it.”

Thompson teared up as she thanked the volunteers who helped construct the energy-efficient ranch home. Thompson put in more than 125 sweat-equity hours on the home and another 125 in the community.

“I want to thank you for your prayers that were lifted up to make this happen,” said Thompson, who currently resides in a three-bedroom apartment in Ferrysburg. “We can grow in this house. It’s going to change my kids’ point of view. It makes them feel good that their mom has accomplished something.”

To see more photos from the event, click here.

Beth Hanis, executive director of the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, said Thompson’s home is the local chapter’s 51st dedication this year.

“The house isn’t completely done, but we wanted to do the dedication before Christmas,” Hanis said Wednesday. “It’s the holiday season, so we wanted to make it a special time of year for them. It’s a time of giving and it’s going to make a huge difference in these kids’ lives to have a place to call home.”

The local Habitat for Humanity will host orientations for potential homeowners at Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave. in Grand Haven, on Jan. 11 and 21. Call 846-1505 for more information or to make a reservation.

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