Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on new home for Florence victim

Habitat for Humanity dedication

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Habitat for Humanity broke ground on another house meant for a new homeowner today.

Diana Gentry lived in the Glenn Apartments during Hurricane Florence and like many others, had to leaver her home behind. She and her two grandchildren are without a home for the time being.

“Challenging and wonderful at the same time," is how Gentry described the whirlwind since losing her apartment. In addition to taking care of her two grandchildren, Lily and JJ, she works three jobs.

Those who have helped Gentry throughout the process have been amazed at how strong Gentry has been throughout the process.

“She’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met," said Amy Davis, a Habitat employee. "One of the most hopeful people, one of the most humble people.”

Like all Habitat for Humanity builders, Gentry must put in 250 sweat equity hours. These hours can come from helping build her own house, to classes taken to be able to manage the house after it’s finished. Gentry said she welcomes the tasks.

“It’s a learning process. Its just an opportunity that I just praise God for letting me experience," said Gentry.

In August, members from the faith community will raise the first walls of the house, just another stepping stone for Gentry and her two grand kids.

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