Habitat for Humanity of Walton County dedicated its 25th home this past Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m. in Freeport to widow and single mother of two, Teresa Schultz, who first was a volunteer for the nonprofit organization before applying for assistance herself.

Schultz had previously dedicated 64 volunteer hours into Habitat’s 24th home for a fellow family, when she, too, learned she and her family qualified for the Habitat program.

“Habitat for Humanity of Walton County, along with its many dedicated volunteers, partners, sponsors and staff has afforded me the opportunity to see my lifelong dream of becoming a homeowner come to fruition,” said Schultz.  “No words can express what a blessing this is to my family and myself.

“I would like to say thank you so very much to each and every person that was involved in making our dream come true. Without you all, this would not have been possible.”

Walton County Habitat for Humanity received $63,000 to build this home courtesy of last year’s Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation.

Executive Director John Russell and Charity Relations Chair Bob Gelardi were in attendance for Saturday’s dedication.

“Working as closely as I did with everyone made me realize how special an organization Habitat actually is,” said Schultz. “It's almost like having an extension of your family with the bonds that you form with everyone."