'I made it:' Fayetteville mother overwhelmed at thought of receiving Habitat home
Posted May 25
Updated May 31
Fayetteville, N.C. — Deborah McKinnon, a Fayetteville resident and mother of three, has struggled for years.
She's worked two jobs to pay her bills and try to get ahead.
Beginning Friday, however, a little help from the Fayetteville Habitat for Humanity will begin changing McKinnon's life.
As the week comes to a close, volunteers will break ground McKinnon's new home. She says it will be a foundation for a new future.
"Oh, it's going to be exciting for me and my son. I can move out of that apartment that I live in," she said. "We have enough room, and it's home. It's going to be a home for us."
McKinnon's friends, family and church members will be among the first volunteers to help the building process begin.
"It's really dependent on the community coming together for us to complete our mission to make affordable housing dreams a reality," Ruthie Dent, who works with Habitat for Humanity Fayetteville Area, said.
As the big day approaches, McKinnon says one thought is running through her mind over and over.
"It just makes me feel that I made it. I did it, just for me and him," she said. "I'm so excited. I just don't want to cry."
All families who receive a home from Habitat for Humanity must make small down payments and spend hundreds of hours helping the organization.