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Habitat dedication set for Saturday

August 19, 2004

Diane Kennedy has been waiting for Saturday for nearly four years.

After months of waiting and hours of labor, Kennedy's Habitat for Humanity house will be dedicated Saturday.


"It's so exciting," she said. "It still doesn't seem possible. It's hard to grasp it's going to be mine."

Kennedy has been waiting for her Habitat house for more than three years. Construction finally began on Baldwin's first Habitat home in April. Now, nearly five months later, the house is nearly complete.

The dedication of the house in the 1400 block of High Street will be at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Connie Neuenswander, the Habitat family partner, said the dedication will be a formal ceremony similar to the nail drive earlier this spring, which kicked off the construction of the house.

The dedication will include the presentation of a Bible and a "Bless This House" needlepoint to the Kennedy family.

Kennedy said everyone is invited to the dedication.

Following the dedication, a dinner will be served. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to tour the Habitat house.

Neuenswander said the house isn't complete, but is close enough to being finished that she expects the Kennedy family to be moved in in two or three weeks.

"It's just a lovely little home," she said.

Kennedy said though there were delays with the rain, the construction of the house went smoothly because of all of the volunteer help and community support.

"It's just been amazing," she said. "There have been lots of volunteers and friends working on it. There have even been people I haven't even known from Lawrence working. The community effort has really been wonderful."

Neuenswander agreed.

"The community really just stepped forward and helped," she said. "The Baldwin community has been pretty super.

"As her Habitat family partner, I just want to thank everybody who has helped with this in any way," she said. "There were people praying for us along the way. That was helpful. The prayers were felt and very welcome."

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