Habitat for Humanity holds dedication ceremony for two Walton County families

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Garrick and Shaw families both accepted the keys to their new homes with the help of Habitat for Humanity in Walton County Friday afternoon.

The two homes are located in Santa Rosa Beach and are the 47th and 48th Habitat Homes in Walton County.

A dedication ceremony was held for the Garricks and Shaws by the Walton Area Chamber of Commerce.

After the ceremony friends, family, and volunteers toured the homes and see the final product.

Both families believe that by helping build the houses themselves it feels more like a home.

Samantha Garrick, one of the new homeowners said, "Even aside from what we've done, those that came and helped us and just the memories of working with them, every time we walk in it's just that feeling of gratitude all over again."

Tiffany Shaw, the other homeowner, said, "Even though we've only been in for a week, it already feels like it's been our home because we've been here helping to build it all along the way. It's been able to already become a home for us."

In all Habitat homes, the families have to put in 250 hours of volunteer work per adult on the home before they can move in.

There are two vacant lots next to the two new houses. The executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Walton County says that those lots will also be used for Habitat homes in the future.

The new homeowners will have to pay a mortgage on their homes, but it is a zero percent mortgage.