A broad smile broke across Lilly Hindenberger's face when she lifted the keys to her new home. She was joined by family, friends, volunteers and Habitat staff on the day her house was dedicated, Friday, Sept. 22.
It took many months of effort, but she and her partner, Greg, and her sons Daniel and Frankie worked hundreds of sweat equity hours to finish the house that was started at Rockbridge County High School. Students in the Building Trades program constructed the largest part of the house on school grounds, then it was moved by crane to its foundation in Greenhouse Village. Habitat volunteers and the Hindenbergers finished the home with siding, roof shingles, paint and more.
"Having the opportunity to get a Habitat home feels like winning the lottery," she said.
Lilly and her family lived in a rented house with cracks in the ceiling and floors that allowed moisture from the basement to permeate the upstairs. They used a space heater instead of an old furnace to heat the home.
At the dedication, young nieces and nephews ran across the secure hardwood floors in and out of bedrooms, kitchen and living room. Adults conversed about who would have which bedroom and how nice the appliances were. By the time the family reluctantly left that evening, the house had been transformed into a home.