Family gets new home for the holidays

POSTED: 7:19 PM Nov 16 2012

A local family is getting a brand new home for the holidays. Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity handed the keys to the Ellison-Jones family in a ceremony on Friday.

The three-bedroom home is located off of Hargett Street in downtown Jacksonville.

"Words cannot explain the way I felt," said Matilda Ellison Jones.  Jones, the mother of two, completed homeowner education classes, and more than 400 hours of sweat equity that's required by the organization.

"It's a gift," said Jone's 16-year-old daughter Ashley Ellison.  "It's something that we will cherish forever," she said, "we don't have to worry about picking up and moving anymore."

Habitat for Humanity officials said the family had been living in a small apartment in Havelock.  Family members said Jordan Ellison, Jones' 10-year-old son, is suffering from a chronic lung condition.  They hope the new home will improve his health condition.

"I'm feeling very proud of her," said Kris Durham, Executive Director of Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, which serves Onslow County.  Durham said Jones had been working over two years to move into the new home.

"There was mold and mildew issues that contributed to her son's lung condition," said Durham, "it was not a healthy environment for her so she was anxious to get into a new home."

Dozens of church leaders from the community were at the ceremony on Friday offering their blessings.