After months of building walls, floors, and anticipation, an Evansville woman has a new home.
The new house, sponsored by Eyewitness News and Habitat for Humanity, dedicated this afternoon.
Many home owners look forward to their first home, to the first time they see this sold sign in their front yard. And for Erin Demunbrun, her wait that lasted several months long finally came to an end.
“I was so ready for it,” Demunbrun said.
Ready to cut the ribbon, ready to move in.
“Everyday I drove by there, it was almost something different. It was like the longest process in my life, but the most rewarding,” she said.
Her new home, the 6th made through the Eyewitness News partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and the 463rd house built in the Vanderburgh County-Posey County area. A home that has her touch, and work put in to it.
“When we put in the crawl space, I was actually there to help seal it all in and I was able to help with some of the flooring, and the little things here and there,” Erin recalled.
This three bedroom house is Erin’s first. She’s lived on her own since she was 18, and lived in an apartment while waiting nearly a year for this day.
It’s hard to explain what it’s like because there are so many emotions,” she says. “I’m happy. I’m overwhelmed. I’m ready.”
Habitat for Humanity officials say whenever a new home is built, it starts to give that neighborhood a new look.
“It’s helped uplift the neighborhood. You have home owners who are trained to maintain the houses. They’re trained on how to be successful leaders in their neighborhood. It’s an overall effort to revitalize,” says Mariah Bradley of Habitat for Humanity.
“I’m thankful that so many people came together to make this happen,” Demunbrun adds.
Erin says she’s going to be trying to move her stuff in as soon as possible.
(This story was originally published on September 8, 2017)