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Posted on: September 15, 2023

Keese Family Celebrates New Beginnings with Home Dedication

Habitat for Humanity Keese Home

The City of Lawrenceville is proud to announce the completion of the first of two houses built in partnership with Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity. The partnership culminated in the dedication of a beautiful home for Antwi and Cocoa Keese and their two children in July, marking a significant milestone in the City's ongoing commitment to community development and affordable housing.

Mayor David Still emphasized the significance of this partnership, stating, "The council and I worked closely with staff and Habitat for Humanity to help provide a home for the Keese family in our community and we are very happy to have accomplished that!”

The partnership between the City of Lawrenceville and Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity represents a shared vision for transforming lives through affordable housing. The collaboration was made possible through the City's allocation of $100,000 in ARPA funding for construction. City Manager, Chuck Warbington, said, "A successful community is made up of all income levels, and here in Lawrenceville, we take that seriously. That is one of the reasons why we decided to partner with Habitat." 

The heart of this collaboration lies in the dedication of both employee and community volunteers who invested their time and effort into making this project a reality. A total of 111 volunteers provided an impressive 972 hours of service alongside the homeowners. 

The Habitat home features over 1,500 square feet of heated space, a two-car garage, and a working fireplace and chimney. The Keese family, who now calls this Habitat home their own, emphasized the positive impact on their children's development, as they now have neighbors to befriend. The home also includes an office for Antwi, play areas for the children, and a beautiful kitchen for Cocoa. 

Brent Bohanan, Executive Director of Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity, said at the dedication, “The greatest benefit for us is the hope that a home provides. This is why we do what we do at Habitat. It all culminates in this wonderful time of dedicating the home.”

To get a closer look at this inspiring journey, we invite you to view the recap video showcasing the dedication event, the collaborative efforts, and the heartfelt moments that made this partnership a resounding success.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville's partnership with Gwinnett/Walton Habitat for Humanity, please visit lawrencevillega.org. To learn more about the Habitat for Humanity housing program, visit habitatgwinnett.org.

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