Dream of homeownership comes true

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LowCountry Habitat for Humanity recently held the dedication of its 40th home for Edna Curnell and her daughter Shirley Sumrall.

Coming to the United States from the Philippines, Edna Curnell had always dreamed of owning her own home. Due to some overwhelming health and family issues, this was far from a reality.  The only housing that Edna and Shirley could afford was a mobile home that they shared with a roommate and another family member.  In June of 2010, they applied for the Habitat

From left: Shirley Sumrall, LowCountry Habitat of Humanity Executive Director Brenda Dooley, and Edna Curnell pose at the home dedication.
From left: Shirley Sumrall, LowCountry Habitat of Humanity Executive Director Brenda Dooley, and Edna Curnell pose at the home dedication.

Homeownership Program and were overjoyed when they were accepted into the program.

After completing more than 400 hours of Sweat Equity, Edna and Shirley are ready to begin building a bright future in their new home on Lafayette Street in downtown Beaufort.  They couldn’t be happier to own a safe, decent affordable home and take pride in the work they accomplished to get to this point.

Regarding the dedication, Habitat’s Executive Director, Brenda Dooley commented, “We have enjoyed partnering with Edna and Shirley and congratulate them on this huge accomplishment.  Please join me in wishing them the best of luck as they turn one dream after another into a reality.”

Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all. Habitat ReStores were developed to provide Habitat affiliates with another income stream for building houses while providing a place where still useful building materials and supplies can be recycled and gently-used home furnishings can be resold to new owners reducing the burden on local landfills.

For more information about LowCountry Habitat for Humanity, please call the office at 843-522-3500.

Shirley Sumrall holds the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home.
Shirley Sumrall holds the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home.