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'I made it:' Fayetteville mother overwhelmed at thought of receiving Habitat home

Posted May 25
Updated May 31

— 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.

Fayetteville woman to recieve Habitat for Humanity home

"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.


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  • Jackie Strouble May 27, 5:51 p.m.
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    I don't know where you hail from, but in this country working two jobs to pay bills and get ahead is considered the good and responsible thing to do.
    Or did all that go out the window when a certain minority made a swindler and a con man their new American hero?

  • Robert Swiger Sr. May 26, 8:04 a.m.
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    Good for her. She has a bright future.

  • John Kramer May 26, 7:02 a.m.
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    Congratulations! I hope she enjoys her new home. Habitat is a wonderful organization.

  • Teddy Fowler May 25, 5:29 p.m.
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    "She's worked two jobs to pay her bills and try to get ahead."

    Anyone who needs to work two jobs to pay bills to "get ahead" shouldn't own a home since they're obviously not up to the responsibility.