Family’s new home still feels like dream

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Five-year-old Brayden shows off his new room. He was even more excited about his closet.

Five-year-old Brayden shows off his new room. He was even more excited about his closet.

Shane and Larecia Laney said seeing their new home completed is “sort of like a dream.”

The couple, and their five-year-old son, Brayden, on Sunday became the fifth Covington County family to be handed the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity Home.

Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization building simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need. Habitat families invest a minimum of 300 hours of sweat equity into their homes or homes for others, and make mortgage payments.

In the case of the Laneys, they had more than done their parts by the time they received the keys on Sunday, Ann Hammonds, Habitat family support chairman said.


“During this time, Larecia’s hours changed at Opp Health and Rehab,” Hammonds said. “She would work from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m., but she would be here at 8 to work on her house.”

Habitat president Dale Pancake recounted that when the foundation was being formed, Mrs. Laney asked for something special for her family’s new home. She had a special Bible that she wanted included in the foundation.

“I told her to find a spot she liked where the plumbers wouldn’t be working, and put it in,” he said.

On Sunday, as is their custom, members of the local Habitat board presented the family with a new Bible.

The build started on Nov. 2, and ended when sod was put in place earlier this month.

“Thank you to everyone who had a part,” Mrs. Laney said. “You can never know how blessed we feel.”

Prior to being selected as a Habitat family, the Laneys lived in a rental house on Brooklyn Road. When they knew they would be moving to the new home on Airport Road, they moved to a different rental to get Brayden started to kindergarten in the Straughn school district.

“There are no words to describe this,” Shane Laney said. “We’re still a little in shock.”

“It’s kinda like we’re in a dream,” his wife added.