Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 173rd house to Jones family Saturday

CLEVELAND - Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 173rd house dedication Saturday after they handed over the keys to a fully refurbished Habitat home on East 84th Street to Julia Jones and her two sons Terrell and Dominic.

Ms. Jones, a mother of three and grandmother of one has been employed by Cuyahoga County for over 13 years. She and sons Terrell (19) and Dominic (22), have collectively dedicated the required 200 hours of sweat equity, helping GCHFH volunteers to completely refurbish the Fairfax neighborhood 2-story home. At approximately 1,450 square feet, the home boasts 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, kitchen, dining room and living room.

"It's always been a dream of mine to own my own home," said Jones. "I am so grateful to Habitat for this opportunity. I know my family and I will be very happy here."

Ohio Savings Bank fully sponsored the cost of rehabbing the house, and its employees have donated hundreds of hours working on the 2-story house. Brand new appliances were donated by the Whirlpool Corporation and all of the house paint was donated by the Valspar Corporation. GCHFH volunteers including crews from St Basil's Church of Brecksville and Bay Presbyterian Church of Bay Village.

The Fairfax neighborhood has been working hard to rekindle strong community spirit and pride and is enjoying much community revitalization activity through the development of affordable and market rate housing, as well as commercial, retail and institutional initiatives.

"This is our fifth house dedication this year," said John Habat, Executive Director for GCHFH. "We are so glad to see such a deserving family move into this house. Julia and her two sons have worked very hard and their pride shows. We wish them the best and for many happy years in this home."

GCHFH's next house dedication will take place in July as they complete the first of 6 homes on Colfax Road in the Lower Kinsmen area. They are accepting home ownership applications now for these homes where the area is experiencing an urban agricultural revival with a 3.5 acre green house, a fruit orchard, a fish farm, and OSU agricultural extension site.

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