The Rev. Francis Richardson, pastor at the Catholic Church of the Good Shepherd, stands with the Pauk family in front of their new home. (click for larger version)
May 26, 2014FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. Earlier this month, Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia held a dedication ceremony for the Pauk family whose new home is located on Dave's Creek Road in Cumming.
The family has faced many hardships over the years and to finally have a place to call home was an overwhelming experience for them.
"We are so excited and happy to have our new house," said Felix Pauk. "Our dreams and hours of prayers have come true. Thank you to everyone who helped us through the process from beginning to end. Words cannot describe how thankful we are and how blessed we are."
The home was built in partnership with Pauk and his wife Alina, who were born in Burma. The United Nations Refugee Program assisted the family in moving from Burma to Malaysia and eventually to the United States in 2010. They both work for Tyson and have lived in Cumming for the last two years.
This home could not have been built without the financial contributions and volunteer labor provided by the following community organizations, including ADP, DataScan, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Ingenico, KeyWorth Bank and Siemens.
Habitat for Humanity of North Central Georgia is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that builds simple, decent homes for purchase by low income families who demonstrate a capacity for responsible homeownership. Since its inception in 1995, 250 homes have been completed and over 900 family members have been served in North Fulton, Cherokee and Forsyth counties.
Each family is required to attend six educational classes and perform 200 sweat equity hours. Families earn between 25 percent and 60 percent of the Atlanta-area median income and purchase their homes from Habitat, which provides them with a 30-year, no-interest loan. Family members work side by side with the volunteers, sponsors and Habitat staff to build their homes. These families not only get to experience the pride of homeownership, but they also know that their lives will be changed forever.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia, please visit www.habitat-ncg.org.