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Inaugural Faith Build Breaks Ground


Habitat for Humanity of Horry County Breaks Ground on Inaugural Faith Build - Niasia's Future Home

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County faith partners, volunteers, staff and more gathered on Saturday, July 9th for the groundbreaking ceremony of Niasia’s future Habitat home.

This is the 168th home to break ground for the organization, also sponsored by Horry County HOME Consortium.

Since inception, Habitat for Humanity has been built on a foundation of faith. The mission is to build safe, affordable housing with people in our community, and that comes from a desire to put God’s love into action.

Habitat for Humanity of Horry County exists to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope. This work would not be possible without partnerships with the Faith community in Horry County.  

The 2022 Faith Build is an opportunity for church’s to live out their ministry, engaging their members to see the miracle that occurs when God touches the hearts of new homeowners and the volunteers who work alongside them. Financial contributions and volunteer hours will enable Habitat for Humanity of Horry County to purchase the materials necessary to make a family’s dream of homeownership a reality.  

“As a Faith-based organization, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County is excited to launch Faith Build 2022 as we come together to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth,” states Development Directror, Rachel Kennon. “This build will bring together many churches across the Grand Strand with the common belief that we are called to love and serve others in the name of Jesus.”

Through the organization’s first ever Faith Build, Faith Partners, volunteers and supporters will have the opportunity to display God’s love and engage with other churches in the community – working alongside one another and future Habitat homeowners.

Seacoast Vineyard Church is a current Faith Partner for the inaugural Faith Build and will be present at the groundbreaking to bless the future home of Niasia and her two sons. “We believe passionately that the Church has been called by God, not to heap up blessings upon ourselves, but instead to bless others,” states Tommy Moore, Pastor of Seacoast Vineyard Church in Myrtle Beach. “The Church is the only thing in our world chosen by God to bring about lasting change, to truly make a difference. We are so excited we get the privilege to partner with Habitat in this way.”

Niasia, a Myrtle Beach native, is the proud mother of two sons – Jaydin and Kamren. She joined the Habitat Homebuyer Program in the Fall of 2021. She currently works for Dave & Busters at Broadway at the Beach. She applied to the Habitat for Humanity of Horry County Homebuyer Program because she believed it to be a great opportunity to be able to provide her sons with a safe and stable home. To Niasia, becoming a homeowner will provide positive change in her life, teaching her to manage a home and her finances

“I’m looking forward to watching my boys be able to play and have fun in the backyard,” says Niasia. You’ll usually find Niasia racing toy monster trucks and cars with her boys. Just spending time together is what’s most important to Niasia and her family.

While Niasia has experienced the highs and lows of life, like many families, her positive and energetic spirit never wavers. She brings that positivity into her time in the Habitat Homebuyer Program. “So far, from my experience, I have learned that it is not going to be easy”, explains Niasia. “You have to sacrifice time with your kids to get your [sweat equity] hours in, but at the end it will all be worth it.” Those sweat equity hours can be fun, though, per Niasia, as she works side-by-side with other Habitat homebuyers.

Like many Habitat homebuyers, home is a place of comfort for Niasia, where she and her sons will finally feel safe. This sense of safety and comfort will remind her of her favorite bible verse, Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

The first thing Niasia plans to do in her new home is just “open the back door and let my kids run around in the backyard,” she says. She also plans to cook a nice dinner.

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