Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 61st home in Decatur

DECATUR--The Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity dedicated its first home of 2015 Sunday, but it's also the first time in a number of years that the organization built a house with help from the city's Catholic churches.

A little less than a year after construction started, a once vacant lot on South Webster Street has transformed into a new three-bedroom for Lashawn Fields.  

Fields spent 300 hours of her own time volunteering for Habitat, most of which was spent working on her house, turning her vision into reality.

But she also got a lot of help from her new neighbors, St. James Church, and other Decatur Catholic churches.

The parish sponsored the construction of the home after handing over the property to Habitat.

"All of the work, the construction work, was done by parishioners. Some of them are professional contractors, others just amateur parishioners that wanted to help out," said Carl Curry, president of the Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity. "They're behind this 100 percent."

Fields bought the home at a reduced rate and will pay an interest-free mortgage.

Habitat for Humanity averages about one new home a year in Decatur. However, this year's second house is close to completion.
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