CLAY CITY -- Anastasia Pine could hardly hold back the tears Saturday afternoon as she thanked a large crowd of Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
"It's a blessing," she said. "Without Habitat, we wouldn't have been able to put our kids in a new home."
The home is the first in Clay City. Incidentally, Gary is a Clay City High School graduate.
"The town of Clay City really looked forward to the completion of this house," Clay City Town Council member Guy Dickerson said.
Dickerson added the new home is an improvement to the area it is located in, on South Lankford Street.
"This is a definite improvement," he said.
Approximately 40 people attended the official ribbon cutting Saturday.
"(Close to) 50 agencies helped build the home," Habitat for Humanity of Clay County President Rogene Morge said. "Churches were a big help,"
She added area churches provided painting, labor, money and meals during the building process.
Morge said families interested in the program have to fit into three criteria, including:
* A need for the family must be identified,
* The family must be willing to help with the building of the home, and
* They have to be able to pay for the home.
Morge said the family has a 20-year, no interest mortgage they have to pay.
She added the organization -- so far -- is averaging close to one built home every two years and hopes to build more in the future.
"We're hoping, with continued donations, we will be able to do more," she said.
People interested in donating to Habitat for Humanity of Clay County may do so by mailing to PO Box 81, Brazil, Ind., 47834, or call Morge at 448-1159.
"The word is getting out about what we're doing,"
Habitat for Humanity of Clay County dedicated its sixth home in the area Saturday.
But this recent house had special value.
The non-profit organization dedicated the home to former member Gerald Runyon.
Runyon spent 30 years teaching Vocational Agriculture in Clay Community Schools and was a member of Habitat for Humanity of Clay County. According to the organization, he was "instrumental" in planning for the first home to be built in Clay City.
Runyon died just before groundbreaking of the home.