Exeter woman, son move into house in time for Christmas

The South County Habitat for Humanity celebrated the completion of its 55th home on Saturday.

The South County Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 55th home on Saturday.

Carla Mancini and her 4-year-old son Joey are moving into the Exeter house just in time for Christmas.

"He's going to have a real Christmas tree. Never had a real one, it's always artificial one. So we get to decorate that," said Mancini.

The goal of Habitat for Humanity is to make homeownership affordable for those who thought it was out of reach.

"We provide the house at a very reasonable cost and provide zero percent mortgage on the house," said Executive Director Lou Raymond.

For this project, South County Habitat teamed with Thrivent Financial for the first time, as well as many other groups who provided financial support and volunteer labor to help build the home.

"It's also a faith build, meaning a lot of various churches come together to make it happen financially, labor-wise," said Raymond.

As part of the Habitat for Humanity program, prospective homeowners also put in their own sweat equity and help in the building of the home.

Mancini thanked all of those involved who helped teach her the tools of the trade, including "teaching me how not to cut my fingers while using a handsaw."

When asked what he thought of his new home, Joey said, "It's awesome, I like it."

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