NEWPORT, CARTERET COUNTY - Monday is World Habitat Day and one local woman is now the owner of a brand new house in Carteret County. Much of the volunteer work over the past several months was dedicated by Cherry Point Marines and Sailors.
LtCol Jamie Gutirrez is the Commanding Officer for the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training of Cherry Point. He says 42 instructors put in more than 1,000 hours of work since April.
The three bedroom two bathroom house sits on about an acre of land, a big change from the apartment Serita Brewington has been living in with her two sons. Brewington says she was overwhelmed with appreciation for the Marines and sailors.
"They were out here Wednesdays sometimes Saturdays. They were loaded out here. I would come out here and they would be so busy," says Sertia.
The group from Cherry Point were just as impressed with Brewington over the course of their time there.
"Out of all of my builds, she was the one who was very dedicated towards giving back towards the volunteers here and that says a lot about a person," says LtCol Gutirrez.
Staff from the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity say Brewington had to do a lot of bookwork during the process to learn about handling a house. President Crystal Coast Habitat Board of Directors Steve Moody says it is great to see hard work pay off.
"Just to see in family's eyes the appreciation reaching that moment when they finally own their own home and they've helped build it, and that makes it special." says Moody.