WARSAW — Habitat for Humanity of Kosciusko County held a home dedication this afternoon, May 26, for the Vuittonet family. The new home will provide the family with a fresh start.
“It’s been a little bit of a process, that’s sort of typical for a habitat house, but when it comes to this point and the family gets to see their house to come to completion, it’s pretty exciting,” said Diana Creech, Habitat for Humanity board member.
Alex and Sabrina Vuittonet live with their four children. Both Alex and Sabrina had rough starts in life that led them down the road of drug addiction. They were both eventually arrested and during their incarceration, they had to give up custody of their children.
While in prison, Alex and Sabrina became sober. After being released from prison, and while Sabrina was in recovery and living at the Rose Home, they began attending a local church. Alex and Sabrina both accepted Christ and were baptized.
They regained custody of their children after being released from their recovery programs. Unable to apply for a home loan due to their felonies, the Vuittonets were renting a small house that had ductwork and insulation issues. In addition, the home was small, with all four children sharing a bedroom.
Their new home will allow Alex and Sabrina to rebuild relationships with their children after the time spent apart and to provide stability for their children they themselves lacked growing up.
“I’d like to thank everyone here and everyone not here who helped,” said Alex Vuittonet during the home dedication. “A special thanks to (Syracuse) Vineyard (Church) and (Pastor) Kristin (Pattengale) if it wasn’t for Kristin, I wouldn’t be standing here right now, I know that. We would be a different family. I wanted to give up over and over and over and she really kept pushing. It was kind of frustrating but I’m glad she did it.”
“Thanks, everybody. Without any of you helping — the volunteers, the donations — this wouldn’t be possible for our family,” added Sabrina Vuittonet.
Their new house sits at 306 N. Hickory St., North Webster. It has four bedrooms with one and a half bathrooms.
Habit for Humanity would like to thank everyone who volunteered or financially supported the build, including Vineyard Community Church, Wawasee Community Bible Church, Syracuse Calvary United Methodist Church, Grace Lutheran Church, Valley Springs Fellowship, Wawasee Heights Baptist Church, Syracuse-Wawasee Ministerial Association, Kiwanis Club of Lakeland, Whirlpool, Dow, Poly-Wood, Tenny and Sons Septic, Stuckman and Sons, Schneider Electric and Valspar Paint.