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Unicoi County Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home

Monica Tipton hugs Rocky Tilson in appreciation during a dedication ceremony for Tipton’s new home built by Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County. Tilson, who works at Food Lion in Erwin, presented Tipton with a $500 gift card to the store. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

Christmas came early for one local mother and son.

Monica Tipton and her son Brayden were able to move into a new home, just in time for Christmas thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County.

The house is a new build and the fourth house built in Unicoi County by the organization. According to Habitat for Humanity volunteer coordinator Brian Poston, also of State Farm Insurance on North Main Avenue, the house is a culmination of donations, volunteers and hard work.

“We want to thank Builders First Source, Building Accents, Calvary Baptist Church Youth Group, Caps Paving and Construction, Code Restoration, Crawford Roofing, Erwin Utilities, Flooring Simplicity, Food Lion, JL Construction and Renovation, J Ray’s Heating and Air, LA Wire, Mullins Company, Preston Woodworking, Republic Services, Ridgeland Gardens, Royal Building Products, Unicoi County Memorial Hospital and all of our other donors and hard working volunteers for making this day possible,” Poston said.

Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County Board Member Jim Buchanan welcomed attendees to the house’s dedication on Friday, Dec. 20.

“A lot of hard work went into this. There are several here with bruised thumbs, fingers and splinters that have worked on this,” Buchanan said. “As we bless this home today, we remember our dreams, our faith and our hard work that made this house a reality.”

According to Buchanan, it’s the organization’s hope that the house will be filled with memories in the coming days.

“We hope family and friends will join together in joyous times in these rooms, they will share memories of home as they share God’s love,” Buchanan said. “Over the years Monica’s family will know good times and challenging times, but we pray that God’s love sustains them.”

Rocky Tilson from Food Lion of Erwin presented Tipton with a gift of $500 gift card to Food Lion.

“We are very thankful and blessed to be able to help out with a gift card from our store to help them fill their pantry with food as they begin their new journey together of homeownership,” Tilson said.

Tipton, who received the keys to her new home, spoke briefly to The Erwin Record during the house dedication.

“I’m excited and blessed that this day has come,” Tipton said.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit and follow them on Facebook under Habitat for Humanity of Unicoi County.