2015-11-22 / Community View

Habitat for Humanity dedicates 11th home

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Cousin Bridgett Juip stands next to the Taits — Scott, Kylee and Rebecca — as they cut the ribbon to their new home in North Branch as Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer County Executive Director Carolyn Nestor and President Dennis Harrand watch. It’s the eleventh project the group has completed since 2004. 
Photo by Phil Foley Cousin Bridgett Juip stands next to the Taits — Scott, Kylee and Rebecca — as they cut the ribbon to their new home in North Branch as Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer County Executive Director Carolyn Nestor and President Dennis Harrand watch. It’s the eleventh project the group has completed since 2004. Photo by Phil Foley NORTH BRANCH — Dressed in a sparkly princess dress, 3-year-old Kylee Tait raced around her new home Wednesday afternoon, showing her new pink room to anyone who’d look, while her parents , Scott and Rebecca, stood misty-eyed between Father David Hudspeth and Dennis Harrand.

Harrand, Hudspeth and nearly 30 other people, including local officials and Habitat for Humanity members crowded into the living room of the Tait’s new home on Huron Street in North Branch — the eleventh completed by Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer County’s since the group finished its first house in Columbiaville in 2004.


Father David Hudspeth, from Lapeer’s St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, hands Scott and Rebecca Tait a pair of Bibles while Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer County President Dennis Harrand watches during home dedication ceremonies Wednesday. 
Photo by Phil Foley Father David Hudspeth, from Lapeer’s St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, hands Scott and Rebecca Tait a pair of Bibles while Habitat for Humanity of Lapeer County President Dennis Harrand watches during home dedication ceremonies Wednesday. Photo by Phil Foley “Honestly I was not expecting to get selected. I usually don’t have the best of luck,” said Scott. He said a friend of his mother, who is a Habitat homeowner herself, told him about the program last year, but another family got selected for the house the group rehabbed in Clifford.

Scott and Rebecca, who’ve been married three years, have been living a block away from their new house with his mother. Rebecca, who works as a clerk at Sunrise Convenience store in North Branch said being picked as a Habitat partner family has “definitely been a blessing, for sure.”

She added, “It’s been an amazing experience. People we didn’t even know stopped by to help.”

Like all Habitat partner families, the Taits put in 500 hours of sweat equity into the home and will pay back the cost of the home over time.

If the Tait’s 1,152-squarefoot, one-story, ranch-style three bedroom house with a full basement and front porch looks familiar, that’s because Habitat volunteers have built the design twice before — once in Lapeer and again in Clifford.

It’s also the second house Habitat volunteers have built in North Branch. The first, a “Jimmy Carter Work Project,” went up in 2005.

Rebecca said one of the nicest things about the new house is that it’s located so close to her place of work. The Taits added they’ll also have a great view of North Branch’s Fourth of July Parade from their front porch.

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