Group makes family’s dream come true

Libby Williams wanted a home of her own but only could dream of it ever happening.

Residing in a high-priced rental apartment in a Williamsport neighborhood she wanted to leave, Williams found the answer to her prayers through Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity.

On Tuesday, she received the keys to her new home from the organization’s officials during a brief dedication ceremony.

“Words can’t even describe it,” she said, when asked how she felt about moving into the Habitat for Humanity Home in Newberry.

With five children, she needed a bigger place to live, but she felt she could never afford it.

From her new place on Linn Street she now can see a baseball field and a basketball court – vast playground space for her children.

“I’ve been looking for a nicer place to live for a long time,” she said.

Habitat for Humanity officials were only too glad to help.

The organization is in the business of building homes for struggling families looking for better places to live.

The home became available when another family “split up,” leaving the house empty.

Some improvements were made to the residence, including adding a bedroom and a bathroom.

To qualify for the program, home recipients must meet certain income guidelines and undergo credit checks.

“The most common fallacy is we give homes away,” said Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Tina McDowell.

Recipients of homes make mortgage payments, and at least one adult member of a household must be employed.

Williams, a clerk with Lycoming County Family Court, said she’s anxious to move into her new residence.

“We are glad we can do the things we do,” said McDowell.

The local Habitat chapter has built more than 40 homes for families over the years.

Homes for families help build stronger communities, and that’s a win-win for everyone, according to McDowell.

McDowell said the organization is working on opening another Habitat for Humanity Home on Diamond Street in Newberry.

More than 200 volunteers are involved in the local chapter.