The 31st Johnson County Habitat for Humanity home was dedicated Saturday and almost ready for its’ new owners to move in.

Alvarado resident Mackenzie Burns and her 3-year-old daughter, Isabelle have been living in a 550 square-foot, one bedroom apartment, but now their dreams of living in their very own spacious new home is at last become a reality.

“Habitat is a wonderful program,” said Burns. “I am very blessed to have been accepted into the program, and I think it will give me more pride in my home knowing that the mortgage will be going to help more families that are in similar situations as mine.”

Along with living in her own home, Burns has set a goal to receive her college degree and to work for the National Weather Service.

“For almost 17 years now, this is what I have wanted to do for a career,” Burns said, saying, “I plan on working toward a degree in environmental science.”

The brief dedication ceremony held Saturday, Dec. 8 included a welcome by Habitat Executive Director Gage Yager, followed by a long list of recognitions, including volunteers and funding partners. Loyd Hudzietz of Westhill Church of Christ presented the keys to Burns, followed by the presentation of the Bible by Jason Lain of Saint Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

A close friend of Burns, Paula Rayburn delivered the dedication prayer followed by a responsive litany, led by Alvarado Mayor Tom Durington.

Angela Bills, Johnson County Habitat Chapter Director recognized a list of donors and volunteers which include, Alton and Fay Talbert Memorial Fund, The Fleta Ricks Walls Charitable Lead Trust, Lyness Construction, LP, First United Methodist Church of Burleson, Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, Heritage Assembly, Saint Matthew Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Colonial Savings, Church of the Holy Comforter - H.C. Men’s Club, St. Joseph Catholic Church, First United Methodist Church of Alvarado, Greg Bell, Johnson County Master Gardeners Association, Wal-Mart Foundation, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, First Christian Church of Cleburne, Barbara Scott, Becky Wilkin, Peggy Pettigrew, Mary Daly, James Uttley, in Kind Donation: Certified Electric, and the family sponsor, Sear Family Foundation.

“We appreciate the generous donations by these funding partners and the countless volunteer hours contributed to the construction of 510 Friou Street by Johnson County and individuals,” a Habitat spokesman said.

Call Angela Bills at 817-926-9219, extension 105.

E-mail Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.