The hammers are quiet, the roofing nails and paint brushes are packed away. The Beaches’ Habitat house that Christ Church built at OceanGate in Mayport is now a home, owned by Keydra White. Christ Church co-sponsored the home with PVB Capital LLC, and it was dedicated in a ceremony earlier this month.

Keydra, who works as a certified nursing assistant at Vicar’s Landing, shares her joy in being able to raise her 13-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son in a safe and stable environment. “This is a huge blessing,” she says. “Now my children will have a completely different upbringing. They will have stability and security, which will ensure their success short term and long term.”

Through the Habitat program, owners invest their own “sweat equity” along with volunteers from the community. Keydra says she learned a lot about home building and maintenance in the process of helping to building her home while working alongside Christ Church parishioners and clergy.

“We’re extremely excited to be making a fresh start,” Keydra says, “stepping into a new community, with new friendships and relationships. God is helping us, and I am truly thankful.”

Many thanks to Christ Church parishioners who, in addition to outreach dollars, provided volunteer hours at the site, particularly John Zerebny and Alan Wade, who have organized Christ Church volunteer efforts in this ministry for years.

Christ Church will be involved in an interfaith build in August. If you are interested in volunteering, contact our new Habitat ministry leader, Dave Bovee.