Habitat for Humanity to dedicate house in volunteer’s memory

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A Habitat for Humanity home under construction since February is complete and will be dedicated this weekend in honor of a volunteer who died last year. Courtesy photo.
A Habitat for Humanity home under construction since February is complete and will be dedicated on Sunday in honor of a volunteer who died last year. Courtesy photo.

What began one cold February morning as a labor now stands as a symbol for a local family’s new start in life–and serves to honor the memory of a Wilmington volunteer.

The latest Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity home, 1203 S. Third St., has now been completed for a husband and wife and their four children. The nonprofit organization will host a dedication for the house on Sunday.

While Habitat has constructed dozens of homes throughout the Cape Fear region, this one is unique in that it was built in honor of Patrick Keith Anderson, who died in August 2014.

According to Habitat officials, Anderson was a strong supporter of the organization, who, among other efforts, took a cross-country bicycle tour to raise money for Habitat, volunteered on builds and embraced the mission of Habitat in the community.

Anderson was a member of First Baptist Church and an employee of Corning. So the two joined forces, along with his friends and family, to sponsor and build this home in his memory.

“This home has allowed Habitat to partner with our generous community, who have come together to celebrate Patrick’s life and create a new beginning for a hard working family,” Steve Spain, Cape Fear Habitat’s Executive Director, said.

Anderson’s wife, Katie said her husband would be proud.

“I really feel like this is what Patrick would want us to do,” she noted.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday. The public is invited to attend.