Lehigh Valley

Family gains a place to call home from Habitat for Humanity

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Bethlehem residence is now a place to call home for one hard-working father and his son.

Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley is dedicating a Bethlehem home to the Williams family, Terrance and his son James. 

Terrance became a member of Habitat for Humanity in May 2017 and since then, he juggled a full time and a part time job, and cared for his young son while putting in his 'sweat equity' hours at Habitat for Humanity.

When a volunteer commits to 250 hours of 'sweat equity', he or she becomes eligible for a Habitat home. 

Applying to the home ownership program was important for Terrance who currently resides with a friend in Allentown. 

"Terrance has been one of the most motivated prospective homeowners we have ever seen. He worked overnight, would finish with his shift at 7 a.m. and be on the construction site by 8 a.m. His drive to better his life and that of his son is what propelled him to complete his 250 'sweat equity' hours in only four months," said Jessica Elliot, Habitat Lehigh Valley's Director of Community Relations. 

The Williams family's Habitat home was funded through a donation from Sands Bethlehem, who made it possible to turn a previously owned Habitat house into a place Terrance and James can create a home. 

A dedication ceremony for the Williams family will take place Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m. at 1440 James St., Bethlehem. 

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