New home a dream come true for single mom

Corrina Beak knows the real foundation of her new home isn't just concrete and re-rod - it's family and community. Beak, 38, a single mom, was surrounded by friends, family, neighbors and volunteers when her Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated on Thursday evening. Beak's home is the second of three that the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity is constructing this year on Branmar Woods Court, north of River Street and the 50th home the local Habitat organization has brought into being.
Marie Havenga
Jun 24, 2011


“I’m overwhelmed and overjoyed,” said Beak, who has never owned a home. “Finally, the house is done. I could never have done this without my family. I wanted to quit a few times.”

Beak, a full-time baker at the Grand Haven Walmart, contributed 250 hours of sweat equity toward the 1,080-square-foot home. She would work days then spend several hours working at the home site.

She often wouldn’t get to bed until after 10 p.m.

“It was a lot of hard work and it wasn’t easy,” said Beak, while her sons, Marcus, 7 and Michael, 5, munched on cake on the front porch. “I was ready to give up a few times. If it wasn’t for my family, this never would have happened. We’re a close family and they’ve been so supportive.”

To read more of this story, see today's edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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