One family in Forsyth County now has a home to call their own after a nonprofit helped them buy and build it from ground up.
Habitat for Humanity – North Central Georgia held a dedication ceremony on Saturday, April 8 for the Kjellstrom family, marking the 291st home in Georgia completed by the chapter.
Lisa Kjellstrom and her two children, Celeste, 16, and Jeramy, 11, have overcome many obstacles with the support of their community, including their church, First Baptist Cumming, according to a news release from Habitat.
Kjellstrom is employed in food services for Cherokee County Schools as an assistant manager. Her daughter will graduate from high school in May and plans to attend Lanier Technical College in the fall to prepare for a career in the medical field.
“The new home will provide greater stability and the pride of homeownership for this family,” the release said.
This home represents one of 11 that was sponsored by Publix Super Markets Charities in north Georgia, which also filled the home’s pantry with groceries.
Habitat is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that build affordable homes for purchase by low- to moderate-income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership.
Since its inception in 1995, the nonprofit has served more than 1,150 family members in Forsyth, Cherokee and Dawson counties and north Fulton.
Families are not given their house. They are required to attend six educational classes and perform 200-300 sweat equity hours.
Eligible families earn between 30 and 60 percent of the Atlanta area median income and purchase their homes from the nonprofit, which finances the purchase with a 30-year no-interest loan.
Habitat has also completed 29 repair projects for veterans and seniors since 2014.