Jalania White

Jalania White, mother of the Ja’Keem and Hailey, are all ready to move in their new home. Jalania put in more than 300 hours of sweat equality to cover the ownership interest of the new built house.

Some people get a smoke-cooked turkey on Thanksgiving while others will receive gifts from family and friends.

For Jalania White, she and her children will have a roof over their heads for the holidays.

White has worked with Habitat for Humanity by putting in time, hard work and dedication to be able to move into a new home for her family.

The house dedication got off the ground on Nov.25 on Legion St. with the White family, volunteers and community members all in attendance to the ceremony.

Moving inside the packed home, Laura Gassler, executive director of HFH, greeted the group of volunteers who helped provided White with this home.

“Everybody in this room had a part to play in building this house but its Jalania and her family, they are going to turn it into a home” Gassler said.

White, a single mother with two children Hailey, a 7-year old and Ja’Keem, a 9-year old, wanted a better life for herself and her kids.

White not only made sure that her children needs were provided but put in over 300 hours of sweat equality to build her dream home.

Additionally, her family and friends also pitched in with over 100 hours of sweat equality.

After over two years of putting in work, White’s diligence paid off as three days before Thanksgiving, she received a new home.

As the new homeowner, she choose the color yellow to be painted on the front door of her new home.

Gassler and Jennifer Avant, family service board member, said that White did not receive the house but had to earn it. They said that a person has to be qualified and fill out the application with approved documents to be considered an applicant. Avant also said there is an often misconception in getting a home from Habitat.

“There’s a lot of misconception that habitat homeowners get homes free and that is not the case. Not only do they have to put in the 300+ hours of sweat equality but they also pay a mortgage” Avant said.

Multiple sponsors of the house helped in the creation and funding of the house such as GKCU and Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors and a special presentation made by Baskervill Food Pantry provided White with some food to put in their new place.

With tears in her eyes and a bible in her arms, White told the journey of the effort put towards getting the house.

“This was a long process. From working 300 hours to working a full-time job to come into the habitat store every Saturday from 9-3,” White said “This means so much to me and my family. We now have a place to call our home.”