Local family helped through Habitat for Humanity
Executive director of the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity, Debbie Edwards, says that their mission is to “to help eliminate substandard and poverty housing in Florence”. This is furthered by the motto of Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity which is “a hand up, not a hand out”. This week the team at Habitat for Humanity officially commemorated a finished house with the Kyle family.
The Kyle family consists of a father, mother, two sons, and a daughter. The father’s name is Timothy Sr. and his wife is called Leneise. Timothy works for Francis Marion University and Leneise works at McLeod. Their three children are named Timothy Jr., Amos, and Lakira. Timothy Sr. recently battled cancer. Leneise says that she was initially hesitant to apply for the housing program. She says that it was really her faith in God that allowed her to be able to hit submit on that application and that ultimately everything was done in His timing. As per the program required, the family completed their 300 hours of work on the house. It was noted that the family was very much on top of every time they needed to volunteer and that they were always excited be able to work on their future home.
On Wednesday, June 27 at the Kyle’s new house there was a ceremony put on by the members of Habitat for Humanity in order to commemorate the Kyle’s officially moving in. The Kyle family actually brought a U-Haul with them to the ceremony because they wanted to start moving in the very same day. Executive director, Debbie Edwards, welcomed all of those who were in attendance. Deb Davis, Assurant sponsor, spoke on all the hard work that everyone involved completed for this project to become a reality. Jason Newton, board president, then said a prayer over the house and for the Kyle family. Megan Gioldasis completed the tradition of presenting the Kyle family with a family Bible for them to have in their new home.
Leneise and Timothy Sr. spoke about their gratitude to the Habitat for Humanity, the community, and the sponsors who were able to make all of this come true for them. The couple also took time to thank God for His hand in work. The family was then presented with the keys to their new home which was then followed by an official ribbon cutting.
Leneise recounts a conversation with her son Amos regarding their new home. Their house number is 333, Amos told his mother that he believes that this house was “meant for them” and these numbers are significant. Leneise always associated 333 as the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but her son thought of something different. Amos told his mother, “333, you have three brothers, three sisters, and God gave you three children”. Leneise spoke of how meaningful this 333 really is to her because she was initially told she would never be able to have children and she never imagined having three. Leneise really does believe all and all, especially because of the meaning behind threes, that this house is meant for her and her family.
A tree will be placed in front of the Kyle’s house on Arbor Day as further commemoration to their new home.
Habitat for Humanity was founded by Millard and Linda Fuller in 1976. Its mission has always remained the same—to improve our communities and the lives of others by eradicating substandard housing and homelessness by providing safe and affordable housing. Since 1976 Habitat for Humanity has built over 400,000 homes in countries around the world and provided over 1,000,000 people with safe and affordable housing.
The Greater Florence affiliate of Habitat for Humanity received its charter in 1991 and has since partnered with 40 families and 52 children to help them become homeowners and give them the opportunity for a better life.