HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An open house and dedication ceremony took place Saturday for the 64th home built by the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity.
The house is located on N. 23rd Avenue and belongs to Geneal Washam and her three children.
During the ceremony, the family received a Bible, an American flag and a new set of house keys.
Habitat for Humanity partners with deserving families like the Washams to help them afford a home of their own.
Volunteers from as far away as Illinois, Wisconsin, Texas and Maryland helped build the home.
"I started out as a volunteer to help others and never realized in the end I was going to be a homeowner, so I'm truly blessed," said Washam. "There was a process we had to go through, but we made it."
"(The house) had its delays because of weather," said Laura Goodwin-Wright, resource development, finance and communication manager for the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. "We've had some serious rain issues on this build, but we're quite thrilled that it's finished and it's ready for (the Washam family) to take possession," she said.
The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1990.