Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity celebrated a milestone Sunday as one family opened the door to a new chapter of their lives. For the Rojas family, Sunday was all about giving thanks. “Thank you to God. Thank you to all the people that have made this house be possible,” said new home owner, Nelson Rojas. With the help of Saint Andrews Covenant Church the family came to America as refugees 5 years ago. “We were just grateful to be able to be there with them and support them, and walk with them through this time,” said Rev, Ann Jahnes of St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church. Since they have been here, the Rojas family has become a part of the church community; giving as much help as they've received. “We benefit greatly from them: from their faith, and from their hard work, and from their model,” Rev. Jahnes said. Sunday the family became the owners of the one hundredth house built by Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity. “It isn't just about the walls and the roof of this house. What it is - is changing 100 lives,” said Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity executive director, Barbara Birkenheuer. Members of Habitat for Humanity, friends, family, and fellow church members packed 3829 Prices Lane to dedicate the home to the new owners. While this house marks the one hundredth home the Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity has built in our area, officials said no matter how many times they hand over the keys to the new owners, it will always be meaningful. “We could do it one hundred times, two hundred times, a thousand times, and every single time it's meaningful. It's meaningful to that family and it's meaningful to us who are involved in it day in and day out,” Birkenheuer said. Ask Genesis Rojas about her new home, and you can see just how meaningful the new homes can be. “I like my home very much. I like it all the time with my family.” Before they could move into the home, the Rojas family volunteered 400 hours of their time helping build homes for other families. Cape Fear Habitat for Humanity built the one-hundred homes throughout Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
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