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Women Build dedicates third house

November 23, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN -- Helping to raise the walls of a home on Concord Street in Hagerstown, Ruth Tinney prayed it would be hers someday.

Her prayers were answered Sunday as she stood in the living room of 951 Concord St., clutching the keys to her new home.

The home was constructed by Habitat for Humanity of Washington County's Women Build chapter. It is the third home constructed by Women Build since 2005, and the 28th Habitat for Humanity home built in the county, said Women Build Chairwoman Pam Meredith.

Tinney and her two sons, John Huse, 16, and Anthony Huse, 15, are still awaiting an occupancy permit before they can move into the home. They now live in Noland Village.

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Tinney serves breakfast and lunch to students at Bester Elementary, and also works as a cashier at Food Lion.

They will not move in before Thanksgiving, but Tinney said she hopes to move in by Christmas. Tinney said she was overwhelmed and thrilled Sunday during a dedication ceremony at her new home. She was near tears for most of the event as she hugged many volunteers who worked on the house with her.

Tinney, who was required to volunteer for Habitat in order to receive a home, actually helped build her new home before she knew it would be hers.

The house has three bedrooms, one bathroom and measures about 925 square feet.

"It's much more than I expected," she said. "I'm excited and I'm thankful."

One feature that pleased Tinney was the laundry room. At her current home at Noland Village, Tinney said the washing machine is in the kitchen.

"The yard is much nicer here," Tinney added.

She said her sons are excited about the move. Both attend Williamsport High School, and her oldest, John, is a junior who hopes to get permission to stay at Williamsport for his senior year.

Anthony, a 10th-grader, is looking forward to transferring to South Hagerstown High and wants to try out for the basketball team.

Tinney called homeownership a "positive change in my life" and said she wants to volunteer to build homes for others. She has joined a Women Build committee and has already helped build another Habitat home. That one will be dedicated Sunday.

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