A home to call their ownPublished 5:52pm Friday, February 24, 2012
Excitement is building for Malerie Quick and her family.
The recipients of a new Niles-Buchanan Habitat for Humanity home, they hope to move in next month.
Quick’s son, Aiden, could be found running through the halls of the house at 909 Ferry St. in Niles Friday.
“This is my room! This is my room! This is my room!” he said with a grin from ear to ear.
Aiden, 4, said his favorite part of the new home is indeed having his own room but was quick to add he loved having the long hallway to run up and down.
Quick, a single mother of Aiden and a 5-year-old daughter Kylie, said she found out about Habitat for Humanity through co-workers at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph who received homes in the Benton Harbor area.
Quick met the low income requirements and was chosen for the home, which began its construction in September and is nearing completion.
A dedication ceremony will take place Saturday and will include a prayer of blessing from a local minister and turning over the keys to the family. Habitat for Humanity is a faith-based non-profit, and the Niles-Buchanan chapter builds one home a year.
It’s during a time when little other construction is being done in the city.
There have been three building permits issued in Niles for new constructions since January 2008 and all three have beenHabitat homes.
Quick said she and her children currently are living with her mother at Berrien Woods apartment complex.
“Being a single mother of two kids with limited income, this is a chance to give them a forever home,” Quick said. “It’s amazing what they (Habitat for Humanity) do for people. There are a lot of hard-working volunteers.”
Quick’s house is the 26th new or rehabbed home that Habitat for Humanity has completed.