Habitat for Humanity volunteers help Perkins Township woman get her new house in order
For Patricia Wilson, part of her Christmas present came early this year -- working on a house she soon hopes to call home.
Wilson, 41, turned in an application for a Habitat for Humanity home in April and now her dreams are becoming a reality.
Saturday, she along with volunteers from Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and the Sandusky High School basketball team, were working to "re-hab" the house on Beatty Avenue.
The house was built in 2004 but previous owners were not able to continue payments. It's now being fixed up for a new family, according to Karen Gerold, volunteer.
"This will knock out most of the work for us," she said, as walls were fixed and repainted. "So far the neighborhood's receiving it really well."
Wilson, along with her 11-year-old daughter Tamirra, hope to start living in the house in April, maybe sooner. The outside shutters are a bright red -- a color chosen by her daughter.
"I wanted by daughter to be connected to this," said Wilson, who works as a teacher's aid at Barker School. "We needed to move ahead with our lives."
Wilson said she has been blessed by an outpouring of community support, including help from strangers.
"Even though they don't know me, they have a common cause," she said. "They showed a true interest in my life."
Students working in the three-bedroom, one bathroom house were happy to try something new.
"Helping out someone in need... it's like a gift of my heart," said Cole Prophet, a senior at Sandusky High School.
Prophet was one of several basketball team players working.
"It makes me feel good. I'm having a blast," said Rich Niehm, also a senior.