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More than 50 family members, friends and co-workers were on hand for the home dedication and ribbon-cutting celebration.

On July 21, Lexxus Whitaker and her four children took one of the final steps toward their American Dream when their new Habitat for Humanity Home located in Portland was dedicated in front of a large crowd of family, friends and co-workers.

Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County will provide Whitaker with an affordable zero percent mortgage for the new home.

Whitaker, who celebrated her five-year employment anniversary with Kroger-Hendersonville earlier this year, began the journey of Habitat Home ownership two years ago with the determination to build a better life for her children.

“I just want to thank everyone, from the bottom of all of our hearts for everything that has been done for us. From the building, the buying, …for everything, we appreciate it all,” she said to those in attendance.

The sponsors for this build, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County Build #62 included: Allstate Foundation; Publix Charities; Business Credit Reports; Parks Realty; Reliant Bank; US Bank; YAPP Automotive USA; Tennessee Grasslands; Burn Boot Camp; Sumner Bank & Trust; Cliff & Cindy Williamson; Valspar Paint; Whirlpool Corporation; Dow Products; Simpson Strong Tie; Norm Smith, Trim Carpenter; Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati; Tennessee Housing Development Agency; Lifeway Christian Resources.

Additional volunteer groups included: HFHSC Rucker Stewart Middle School Faculty; Kroger of Hendersonville; Women's Council of Realtors; and Lippert Components Inc, Springfield. Food and water for volunteers was donated by Wanda Jones, Parks Realty; Dairy Queen, the Barbeque Pit, Food Lion, and Cash-Saver of Portland. John Keightley, Stillwaters Construction, was the general contractor for the build.

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