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Mike Mouzon becomes homeowner

on Wednesday, 03 February 2016. Posted in Good life, Local News

Mike Mouzon becomes homeowner

“I slept better than I have in many nights,” commented Mike Mouzon after his first night in his new home. Mouzon moved into a newly constructed house on Carolina Avenue last week after a dedication ceremony hosted by the Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity. Wells Fargo sponsored the house, donating $68,000 to cover most of the construction costs. Volunteers from the bank and the Habitat board were involved in the construction.

Mike, who is autistic and suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, donates time working in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. As a local artist, Mike was excited about moving into a two bedroom house because he plans to make the second bedroom what he calls his ”unofficial Mike Mouzon Art Studio.” “This is the perfect house for an artist because I will now have room to work and live,” he said, explaining that in his previous one-bedroom rental he had to spread his art supplies all over the house. “I now have elbow room to work,” he commented.

The new home includes a washer and dryer, something he did not have before, so no more trips the laundry mat, he noted. Asked what it feels like to become a homeowner, the 59 year-old responded, “Words fail me.” During the dedication ceremony on Jan. 26, Jessica Brown, executive director of Habitat for Humanity said Mike was “truly, truly deserving and the most enthusiastic homeowner.” Billy McBride opened the dedication in prayer. Project manager Doug Taylor talked about the project, adding he was moved by the large gathering of supporters, friends and family in attendance.

Jason Newton, a Wells Fargo financial advisor and a vice president of the Florence Habitat board, talked about his employer’s commitment to Habitat, adding their support has resulted in 5,000 homes nationwide and 4.7 million hours of volunteer labor. Mike spoke briefly to the crowd with his girlfriend Amy Petty at his side. Pastor Willie Dillenbeck blessed the house in prayer. Hank Leeke, a Habitat board member, presented him with a new family bible and Mike thanked him saying that with his mom’s family bible, he now has two. A joyful and tearful Wanda Fields handed Mike the keys to his new home.

The Petty family joined Mike in cutting the ribbon and Pastor Dillenbeck closed the dedication in prayer. Members of the Savannah Grove Baptist Church Choir provided music before and after the dedication, closing with “Oh Happy Day.” Following the outdoor dedication ceremony, those in attendance were invited inside for a tour of the house. Previously on Arbor Day in December, the Forget-Me-Not Garden Club donated a Little Gem Magnolia tree for the yard. Because construction was still ongoing, the tree planting was postponed. Last week, Tommy Taylor of Taylors Garden and Gift Shop, planted the magnolia tree in time for the dedication ceremony.

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