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Rockbridge students build habitat home

Published On: Nov 19 2013 06:57:45 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 19 2013 09:47:02 PM EST

A Lexington family is counting the days until they get to move into their brand new home.


A Lexington family is counting the days until they get to move into their brand new home. Escorted by Lexington Police, part of a home made its way down the street, where it was on its foundation in the Thompson's Knoll community. Habitat for Humanity helped build the home for Davon Dates who says it's a dream come true.

“I really can't explain it. It's an exciting feeling, kind of overwhelmed at times,” said Dates.

Dates is a first time homeowner. He says his three year old daughter wants to know when she can get a dog.

A unique thing about this home is that it was mostly constructed by building and trade students at Rockbridge High School.

“Being able to do this is just another thing I can help, another way I can help people live their lives, like they want to live,” said student builder Sean Capps.

Two business owners in the community are also making this dream come true for the Dates family. Bobby Berkstresser and Eric Spencer made a $60,000 joint contribution to the project.

“It coincides with our business, being in the lumber and building supply business. This is an investment in our community, and quite frankly it's an investment in the futures of a family,” said Spencer.

“It gives people a hand up and not a hand out they are paying for this home, but its affordable to them and they'll be a homeowner for the first time,” said Rockbridge Habitat Executive Director Lynn Leech.

For the next six to eight weeks, Dates will work with other volunteers to put the finishing touches on what will soon be home.