Habitat dedicates house to tri-state family

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Habitat for Humanity helps make dreams come true for dozens of tri-state families. Habitat gave a deserving family a new home on Saturday morning.

Maracca Bush, recipient of Habitat's 2012 Hometown House, gathered with friends and family for a dedication ceremony on Saturday.

Joined by her daughters, Bush recited a poem she wrote to give thanks to those who helped build her new home.

"So many utter the words 'I love you' they are strong words to say. But habitat for humanity shows it everyday and in every way."

Bush and her family worked alongside volunteers putting in 500 hours of what Habitat calls "sweet equity."

"I got to learn how to put the floor down," said Bush. "Me and my mom and a guy named Mike put this whole floor down. We got to paint. I learned how to paint the right way, put the doors up and put the cabinets in. It was exciting."

"Habitat is not a giveaway," said Habitat employee Ed Lee. " Maracca and her family will take on a 25-year mortgage just like all of us who are homeowners have mortgages. The difference being it's interest free."

Bush was not the only one who learned what it takes to build a home. Students from the Woodward Career Technical High School participated in a 10-week paid course where they applied their studies and learned how to manage money.

"When you're learning mathematics, algebra, geometry, and you actually put it to real life its amazing," said West Davis of Woodward High School. "You begin to figure the angles on the roof, square footage of a room, how much paint you need and how much labor hours are going to cost. It takes on a whole new meaning."

Habitat has recently merged it's tri-state and Cincinnati affiliations.

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