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Family receives keys to Habitat home

December 9, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ATLANTA - The Bright family of four, Dale, Amber, Raven and Kendale, officially moved into their new home in Atlanta on Sunday, and were welcomed to the neighborhood during the Montmorency County Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony.

"This is the first Montmorency Habitat house that we built, and the 29th home dedicated in Montmorency County. We did some renovations on it and are happy to rededicate this home," Executive Director Jennifer Welling said.

According to Welling, the original owners of the Habitat home dealt with issues that eventually led to the death of one of the family members. She said after he passed away the house was signed to Habitat for Humanity and was available for a new family.

"After her husband passed away, his wife signed the house back over. I think there were too many memories in the home. She gave it back so a new family could have this home dedication," Welling said.

Welling said depending on their income, the Bright family will have a 25-30 year mortgage without interest, but after all payments it will be their home.

"It took about six months to upgrade everything, and make it energy efficient," Welling said. "This house is as new as an old house can be."

Upgrades to the three bedroom, one bathroom and basement Atlanta home include new appliances, flooring, drywall, a handicap accessible ramp, new roof, and cabinets.

"They really made this house their own," Welling said.

During the ceremony, Rev. Amy Cumper welcomed the Brights to the neighborhood and read a bible verse about searching for a place to live.

"Bless the time in their new home, and for bringing them to this place," Cumper said.

Monica White, president of Habitat for Humanity, congratulated the Brights on their new home and thanked everyone involved in the process.

"Congratulations, we are so happy for you guys," White said. "We had so much help, and always need more, so spread the word."

Rev. Virginia Titus presented a bible to the new homeowners, and said she had the opportunity to get to know the Bright family during various fundraisers and helping with house renovations and repairs. Then, the moment everyone was waiting for, Steven Allen presented the house keys to Dale and Amber .

"We'd really like to thank everyone for being here, dedicating time and effort, and for choosing us for this house. It really is a blessing ... I can't say much more, but thank you," Amber Bright said.

According to White, the Montmorency County Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications to build a home for a family in 2013. She said the site location will be based on where the need is, and would like to keep families living in their current communities. For more information on donations or applications call 786-3385 or visit

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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