Habitat 124

Reporting by WVUA 23 Reporter Olivia Dance

It was a heartwarming sight to see as the Waller family cut the ribbon, turn the keys and open the door to their brand new home built with the help of Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa.

Bobby and Estoria Waller and their two children are expected to move into their new home this weekend. The family worked alongside Habitat Tuscaloosa for a total of 350 hours to build their home and were there from the very beginning of the process.

“(They) have been involved since the framing day of this home and even before that working on other peoples Habitat houses, so they’ve worked really hard to make this day happen and were just grateful to be a part of it,” said Habitat Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts.

This house was Habitat’s CEO Build, so CEOs from companies around Tuscaloosa helped put the home together with their own hands. Many of the volunteers involved in building the house came out to the dedication ceremony and were able to see the impact they made and how their hard work paid off.

Jamarion Waller was at a loss for words when describing his feelings at how much his new home meant to him.

“I was like, really excited and amazed and I want to like, thank everyone that had helped out,” he said. “I got a new bedroom, I’m going to a new school and I’m going to make new friends mostly.”

After walking through the various rooms for the first time, the Waller family shared words of gratitude with those at the ceremony.

“It was a true honor – a blessing – to receive a brand new home with Habitat Humanity and its just a blessing from God,” Estoria Waller said.

The Waller family’s new home is the 124th home built by Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa since it was founded in 1987.

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