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Five days of building bring a family home

Anna, Kyle, Rebecca and Juliana Holloway, along with their Habitat mentors Dennis and Bonnie Miller, look forward to the dedication of their new home. (Contributed photo)

The first week of June saw a flurry of activity as local builders and subcontractors helped Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) build two homes in five days. This week, one of these homes, the Holloway family's, will be dedicated.

Thirteen years ago, Anna Holloway's husband, Gregory, a police officer in Gordon, Nebraska, was killed by a drunk driver. Five years later, Holloway decided to move to Hoffman to start a new life with her four children.

Their new house was plagued with sewer backup and water issues, causing related health problems in the kids. The bank eventually took back the house. Anxious to provide a better life, Holloway moved her family to Alexandria and began schooling at Alexandria Technical and Community College for business administration and accounting.

Finally, Holloway turned to Habitat for Humanity. When she was accepted as a partner family, she prayed a prayer of thanksgiving for the opportunity and framed the certificate on her wall.

Holloway, her son, Kyle, and daughters, Rebecca and Juliana, look forward to having a safe home. Holloway's other son Sean is in the Navy and is stationed in San Diego, California.

Holloway, Kyle and Rebecca have been busy completing their required 200 hours of sweat equity by working on their home and the homes of other Habitat partner families. During the Home Builders Blitz, they made sure that the builders had enough to drink and helped with construction and clean-up.

The Holloway home will be dedicated on Thursday, July 26 at 5 p.m. at 1011 Darling Avenue East, Alexandria. The public is invited to attend and tour the home. Root beer floats will be served after the dedication.

HFHDC has been an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International since 1997 and has built 31 homes for sale to partner families throughout Douglas County. Homeowner families are selected according to established criteria: need for housing, ability to partner with Habitat and ability to pay.