York Habitat for Humanity dedicates Wrightsville home
Some 40 people showed up in Wrightsville Saturday morning for York Habitat for Humanity's 119th home dedication.
Construction on the home, built on land donated by Wrightsville borough, started in August. The house is now ready for Wrightsville couple Tanya and Eliseo Cruz and their daughters to make a home.
Those in attendance huddled beneath a canopy in the driveway of the new home at 701 S. Front St. for the dedication ceremony while a wintry mix of rain and snow fell around them. Public officials including York County commissioners Doug Hoke and Susan Byrnes were among the attendees.
Officials from Wrightsville and the York Habitat for Humanity spoke about the experience of working on the home and gave awards and recognition to those who helped build the home. More than 20 individuals and groups were acknowledged during the ceremony.
At the end of the ceremony, the Cruz family was presented with a photo album documenting the construction of the house, Bibles and the keys to the home.
Tanya and Eliseo both expressed gratitude to all who contributed so their children could have a home.
"It's for them, that's why it means so much," Tanya told the crowd.
Eliseo was at a loss for words, thanking all who helped.
"I'm so excited, I don't know what to say," he said.
The experience: Robert Rose, a retiree from Springettsbury Township, was one of the people recognized during the ceremony for volunteering. Rose, in his first year involved with Habitat for Humanity, wanted to commit 100 hours to helping before Thanksgiving.
He was able to meet that goal.
"I just felt as though it was a way to give back," he said.
Rose said he helped put in windows, siding and framing as well as sub-roofing. Rose said he used to work for General Electric.
"The quality of people I worked with were very professional," he said.
He said he liked doing it as he considers himself a very "hands-on" guy.
"I look forward to doing it again," he said.
Tammi Morris, executive director of York Habitat for Humanity, said during the entire eight months of building, 1,474 people helped, with a little more than 10,000 volunteer hours donated.
Bob Rhein, president and chief operating officer of Penn-Air Hydraulics, said the build was a good experience for him and his associates, who helped out during the build's "blitz week," a week dedicated to helping speed up the building process shortly after breaking ground. Rhein said it was good to see people all along the river come out and help with the build.
"It was awesome just seeing the way that God worked," he said.
The family: After the dedication ceremony, the crowd was invited into the newly built home for refreshments. Tanya and Eliseo were spending time with their daughters while people toured the home.
Tanya described the event as coming "full circle" because it was this time last year when they started the process for the home.
The family did not have to go far for their new home, because their old one was less than a mile away.
"We wanted to stay in this area," Tanya said.
Tanya said her children were excited to live in the new house, adding that her daughter Eliana would complain about their old one.
"She'll point out stuff and say, 'Mommy, we need a new house,'" Tanya said.
The couple was happy to have been involved with Habitat for Humanity.
"You do feel like you're part of the family," Eliseo said, adding that when the family started getting involved with Habitat for Humanity, they did not know many others involved as well.
"We're so thankful to everyone who had any kind of part in this process," Tanya said.
Habitat for Humanity York's next build breaks ground on April 30 at 935 Conewago Ave. in Manchester.
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