Shane Michaelis and Laura Beauchamp are officially first-time homeowners thanks to the Carleton Place chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
The couple and their five children were handed the keys to their home this afternoon during an official key ceremony.
Mayor Louis Antonakos and a number of volunteers, trades people and other contributors who helped build the home were at the event.
Along with numerous volunteers and community partners, the Michaelis family put about 550 hours to help build their home at 204 Crampton Drive. They said the whole experience has taught them what can be accomplished when community, patience and hard work come together.
Laura said, "There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel. Even if it takes years to get there, good things come with hard work and you always have to stay positive and work towards that end goal." She added, "You’re going to get hit back, knocked down plenty of times, but patience and positivity and perseverance will take you all the way to the end."
She also praised and thanked the community for coming together. "It’s just nice knowing that we have a home that so many people have come together to make possible. It’s not just any house that we’re raising our family in. It’s something that we’ve got to become a part of with so many people. We’ve gained extended family through the whole experience."
CEO of Greater Ottawa Habitat for Humanity, Alexis Ashworth, called the Michaelis house the home that love built. The officially move in date is April first.