Woman surprised as Habitat for Humanity recipient

Woman surprised as Habitat for Humanity recipient

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - For months, Paragould's Habitat for Humanity has been searching for their next home recipient.

Monday evening, an eleven year employee of Black River Industrial Training Center found out she is finally a home owner.

Crystal Clemmer thought her workday would end with helping a coworker set up a classroom.

Instead, she was given the surprise of a lifetime Monday evening.

"You've been chosen as our new recipient for our new Habitat Home," Charitti Sullinger told Clemmer as she walked into a room full of friends and family.

For months, Clemmer has been part of a selective process to become Paragould's newest Habitat for Humanity homeowner.

However the work to become a homeowner is just getting started.

"We'll ask you for 200 hours of what we call sweat equity," Terry Austin told Clemmer. "That means you'll go to work on that house that we build for you. Put in 200 hours towards yours or somebody else's."

"How about both?" Clemmer responded.

She's excited to become a homeowner. Not just for herself but for her three children as well.

"They're gonna have a safe home to go home to, one that we can be proud of," Clemmer said.

Clemmer's coworker urged her to apply after listening to Paragould Habitat for Humanity's FIRST recipient, Sandra Guthrie, speak at Kiwanis a few months ago.

Guthrie will help Clemmer adjust to what it takes to be a homeowner.

"I'm excited for her. I think that in the end, she will look back and see what a blessing Habitat for Humanity is," Guthrie said. "When she settles into her new home and its warm and its safe, she's gonna know how amazing she is as a mother and just as a person."

Clemmer is the eighth Paragould Habitat for Humanity recipient. Payments she makes on her home will go toward another home for the next recipient.

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