Residents of Galesburg and members of the Knox County Habitat for Humanity gathered together Saturday afternoon to dedicate a brand new home.
New homeowners George and Lisa Owings were greeted by visitors at their brand new house on Ecklund Court in Galesburg. The ceremony included performances by students of King Elemantary School and procession by Father Andy Ainley.
The Owings home was the 48th dedication ceremony for Habitat for Humanity since the county branch started in 1993.
Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jordan Knight says that it was a pleasure to build this home, and that a great deal of man hours went into the project.
“We started in mid-June. We’re finishing in late-January,” Knight said. “We lost about four weeks of work days due to weather-related things. We averaged about 21 volunteers per work day. The reality is, of those hours that we tracked, we invested over 5,000 worker hours. That only counts hours that we were here building.”
The Owings family received donations of home supplies, a hammer, and their keys.
The family simply said “thank you to all” following the ceremony’s events.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Ecklund Court is formerly known as Megan Street in Galesburg.)