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Shioh woman, daughter celebrate new Habitat home

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Alfreda Gordon (left) gets a hug from daughter Olivia as she gets emotional during the dedication of her Habitat for Humanity home in Shiloh on Saturday, Nov. 10. At right is her mother, Joyce Gordon.

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From staff reports

Monday, November 19, 2018

SHILOH — Alfreda and Olivia Gordon were able to celebrate their new home in Shiloh last weekend thanks to Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina and the State Employees Credit Union Foundation.

According to the press release, the Gordons’ home is part of the State Employees Credit Union Foundation’s Mountains-to-the-Sea Challenge — a $10 million initiative to build a Habitat house in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. 

Alfreda Gordon, who works as the circulation supervisor at the Camden County Public Library, was overcome with emotion during a dedication ceremony for her house on Saturday, Nov. 10.

“I want to thank everybody for giving me the opportunity to own a home," Gordon said. "If you believe in something, anything is possible.”

Among those Gordon thanked were her mother and father, noting “We all worked on this house together.”

She also thanked her daughter Olivia for her patience. 

“She used to get a little bit upset because I couldn’t take time for her,” she said.

Olivia, who is in the sixth grade, smiled and gave a shout when asked how it will feel to have her own room. 

The Gordons’ new home is a rehab with a bright kitchen and fresh new floors. The home’s location suits Gordon just fine; she likes that Olivia can still attend her same middle school.

Before taking ownership of their new home, the Gordons had been living with Alfreda’s mother, Joyce Gordon, who also attended the dedication. Both mother and daughter became emotional when Alfreda was handed the keys to her new home.

Donna Stewart, director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center and someone who’s known Alfreda since childhood, was among those on hand for the dedication ceremony.

“You are a great example for your daughter. I am so proud of you,” she told her.

Everette Sawyer was another guest in attendance. She said her connection to the Gordons goes way back.

“Alfreda’s grandmother used to live a half-mile across the field where I was raised. She used to help my mother, years ago,” she said.

According to the press release, once homeowners like Gordon assume a zero-percent-interest mortgage from SECU, the money is returned to Habitat so that another home can be built or renovated.

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