Habitat for Humanity welcomes third family

Lauren Begley
Tom McCoy, chairman of Arenac County’s Habitat for Humanity, presents Terrilynn Lobdell with the key and paperwork for her new house. Recipients of Habitat for Humanity houses pay back their homes through low interest-free payments.
Lauren Begley
Tom McCoy (left) explains the work that was performed by Habitat for Humanity to construct Lobdell’s house.
Lauren Begley
McCoy talks to Lobdell’s oldest daughter, Sara, in the hallway of her new home.
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STANDISH — For one woman and her family, the dream of living in a nice, safe environment has finally been realized thanks to those involved with Arenac County’s Habitat for Humanity.

On Sunday afternoon, friends, family, and those involved with Habitat for Humanity, gathered in a newly constructed home to welcome Terrilynn Lobdell and her daughters to their new house.

Lobdell said she never expected she would be chosen for the house when she originally sent in the application, but she said she thought it wouldn’t hurt to try.

“I did not think in my wildest dreams that I’d be chosen,” Lobdell said. “It was like winning the lottery.”

Lobdell’s home is the third house completed through Arenac County’s Habitat for Humanity. Construction began in the fall of 2008, and since that time, the organization was able to raise the $50,000 needed for the project, said Habitat for Humanity Chairman Tom McCoy.

At the dedication ceremony, Lobdell and her daughters were presented with quilts from Carol Tata and the rest of the members of the Wednesday Night Strippers Quilt and Guild. Each family member received a quilt that was made especially for that person.

McCoy, along with board members Deb Morgan, Nina Jordan, Ruth Harrison and Brenda Matt, presented Lobdell with the house key and paperwork.

Chemical Bank also donated $1,000 to help Lobdell with house payments, and Whirlpool donated the refrigerator and stove for the house.

McCoy also said that the family has access to financial advice from David Miller, who started participating with the organization a few months ago. Miller can provide Lobdell with budgeting advice or help with finances if she needs it.

Lobdell said her daughters, Sara, 17, Krista, 13 and Taylor, 8, have already picked out their bedrooms.

Krista and Taylor are sharing the largest room, while Sara ended up with the smallest of the three bedrooms.

“They thought they could get away with putting me in the small room,” Lobdell said.

Lobdell said she had let her daughters have the two bedrooms in their apartment, and she slept on the couch.

She said she talked her oldest daughter into taking the smallest room since she is leaving for college soon and the room had the most closet space.

Lobdell will be moving furniture and belongings from the apartment to the house over the next couple of weeks.

The Arenac County Habitat for Humanity is always looking for people willing to help in any way, whether it is construction or fundraising. Those who are interested in getting involved with Habitat for Humanity can contact Tom McCoy at 989-846-6528.

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