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A place to call home: Thomson woman, family get new house

Betty Mathis waited all of her adult life to become a homeowner.

On Monday, her dream was fulfilled.

Ms. Mathis, who serves as the attendance secretary at Thomson High School, closed on her new home, located on Shadowmoor Circle in Thomson, during legal proceedings at the local law office of Jimmy Plunkett.

"I'm so happy to finally be a homeowner, I don't know what to do," said Ms. Mathis. "It was such a happy day for me and my family on Sunday and Monday."

The happiness she spoke of began on Sunday when her home, built by volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, was dedicated.

Norris Long, a longtime member of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, later presented Ms. Mathis with a set of keys to her home, as well as a new Holy Bible.

"This is a wonderful day for Betty and her family," said Mr. Long. "We're thankful to have been a part of it becoming a reality."

Ms. Mathis said she'll forever be grateful to Mr. Long, as well as so many other volunteers of the local organization.

"I'll never forget these people for what they did for me and my family," said Ms. Mathis, who plans soon to move into her new four-bedroom, two-bath home.

A number of volunteers who participated in building her home attended the special dedication ceremony, which took place on the front porch.

Mr. Long explained that were it not for volunteers, business people and others donating money and building materials, that home ownership would be virtually impossible for many in America.

"It takes the generosity and hard-work of a lot of people to make a project like this come about," said Mr. Long. "I'm very happy for Betty and her family."

Aside from Ms. Mathis living in the new home, her two daughters, Asha Booker, 15, a freshman at Thomson-McDuffie County Junior High School and Fantasia Johnson, a student at Augusta Technical College, also will live there.

Ms. Mathis niece, Shakera Hardwick, a sixth grader at Thomson Middle School, also will call the dwelling her new home.

Web posted on Thursday, May 21, 2009

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