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Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on 97th home

MAYSVILLE l The joy of home ownership will soon be a reality for an Onslow County family.

Joy Mattocks and her children Dequisha, 21 and Ruben, 12, along with relatives, friends, community supporters and representatives from Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the trio’s soon-to-be new home along Smith Road in Maysville Friday afternoon.

“We’re so elated that we’re at this point,” an excited Kris Durham exclaimed. Durham is the executive director of the CCHH and said the Mattock’s residence will be the 97th home built by the nonprofit since its inception in 1988. The construction on the home will begin soon and is expected to take up to 12 months to complete the 3-bedroom, 2-bath, 1,300 square-feet, single-family home.

Mattock’s stayed close to her children during the hour-long event, smiling and hugging relatives — some of whom who came as far away as Georgia and as near as down the road — in between conducting interviews. Mattocks expressed an eagerness to become a homeowner.

“Nothing scares me because there is nothing God and me cannot handle together,” Mattocks said. The 40-year-old, Brooklyn native moved to Onslow County when she was 13 years old and graduated from White Oak High School in 1995. She’s employed at Lowe’s Food in Morehead City where her daughter attends Carteret County Community College studying to be a medical assistant. Her 12-year-old son is a 6th grader at Hunter’s Creek Middle School and plays trombone in the school band.

Both children were excited about their new abode in a community populated with several relatives.

It’s nice to know we’re going to have our own space,” Dequisha said. “Mom’s always given us what we needed.” For the past two years, the Mattocks had been staying with Joy’s mother who lives within eyesight of her daughter’s homesite.

“I’m going to miss them but it’s time for them to have their own place,” said Diana Hill, Joy’s mother.

Durham said the Mattock’s home has extra meaning and significance to her since it is one of the 100 homes in North Carolina supported by a new initiative underwritten by the State Employee’s Credit Union Foundation. The SECU Foundation and Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina have collaborated in a “joint initiative to expand affordable housing across North Carolina,” according to SECU’s website. The program called the SECU Habitat Mountains to the Sea Challenge provides an investment of up to $10 million over a three-year period for Habitat for Humanity to build one new or thoroughly renovated home in each county of North Carolina. The Mattock’s residence once completed will be SECUF’s only Onslow County home.

Habitat for Humanity is challenged to find prospective families to be considered and qualify for a home. According to CCHH’s website, families selected into the partnership home building program must meet certain income criteria and residency requirements. Habitat families earn 400 or more sweat equity hours on their home and other Habitat projects and complete homeowner education courses. They receive a zero-interest mortgage on the cost to build their home that they must pay back over a period of up to 30 years. Current homes cost around $100,000 according to land availability, size of the home and the cost of construction.

Missional Pastor Marcie Friesner read a poem written by her aunt titled “The Sun is Just a Cloud Away” and used the prose to describe Joy Mattocks and her children. “This poem is Joy’s mantra,” said Friesner who first met the Mattocks family more than four years ago when she was asked to tutor Ruben. “Joy has seen a lot of cloudy,” Friesner said as the spring sun shined down on a grassy field that one day a residence will stand that Mattocks and her children can call their home.

For more information on the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, go to HabitatCrystalCoast.org.

Story courtesy of JDNews.com, Jacksonville, NC