Dedication, groundbreaking held in Newport

Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 at 08:15 AM.

Brewington thanked the organization and its volunteers.

“I appreciate them 1,000 percent for volunteering their time. They‘re wonderful. I would do anything to come out and help and show my appreciation for them,” she said.

Bishop Clyde Felton blessed the home.

“I think it is good that Habitat helps the people in the community because it helps a lot of people that are unable to help themselves,” he said. “I’m a construction worker myself and have built some of these houses in the past. They’re real good to work with.”

Leonard Farrugia, a long-time Newport building contractor, led the effort as a superintendent for Habitat for Humanity.

“Habitat was in need of a superintendent and I just happened to walk in and talk to them about it and they put me on as their full-time superintendent,” he said. “It’s quite rewarding. We’ve built custom homes for people and things like that but most of the time these folks are just so grateful and so happy. It’s more rewarding to build this than it is to build a million dollar home to be honest with you.”

Kris Durham, executive director for Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, said the dual groundbreaking and home dedication on the same day were a first for the organization, and the organization picked Valentine’s Day for a reason.

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