Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley and proud partner, First Baptist Church of Rome, celebrated the completion of Habitats 57th home for the Marks family. Over 40 volunteers, friends, and family members gathered outside the Marks home on Sunday, Feb. 28, to celebrate the milestone of home dedication.  

The build was sponsored by First Baptist Church of Rome and their Hands of Christ Project. First Baptist had been designating funds for the last few years to have this opportunity to sponsor a home for a deserving family. This deserving family was Amelia Marks and her three daughters. 

“I’d like to thank Habitat for just giving me the opportunity to own a home”, said Marks. “It’s not just a house, it’s a home and I want to turn it into my forever home. I also want to thank First Baptist for sponsoring me… and all the volunteers for putting in hard work for me and my girls to have a home.” 

The build on Branham Ave. began July 11, in the midst of COVID-19, and took about eight months to finish. Over 75 volunteers gave their time of over 1,500 hours of work, in order to make this home everything and more the Marks family asked for. 

“This home is so much more than the structure that stands in front of you. It is a shining example of a community united in a common purpose”, said Bill Weidemann, volunteer with First Baptist. 

Betsy Allgood, executive director of Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley, lead the dedication ceremony and introduced other speakers involved with the building process, including Diane Wilson, a volunteer and member of First Baptist church. 

“What has come through to me over and over is how appreciative [Amelia] is of this opportunity to own her own home and how thankful she is to everyone for help making it possible”, said Wilson. “Far too many to name, but you all know who you are.” 

Following Wilson, Nancy Hortman, member of First Baptist and painter mom, gave the presentation of the Bible. Hortman spoke about her experience as one of the painter moms, a group of women that would drop their children at school in the morning and spend their day painting alongside Marks. 

“There is so much about this house that I love, but my favorite part of this house is what you cannot see”, said Hortman. “Amelia showed up that day with some of her favorite Bible verses to bless this home and a big box of sharpie markers… and we took to the walls, the floors, and beams. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in this house. Amelia might not have moved in yet, but the Holy Spirit has been living here a while!” 

Hortman reminisced on how the days of painting and learning Marks story is something she will always cherish. Hortman than gifted Marks and her daughters a Bible to continue blessing their family and new home. 

Jeff Brooks, president of Habitat for Humanity – Coosa Valley Board and member of First Baptist, concluded the dedication by gifting Marks house keys and a hammer, as a physical reminder of the hard work and hours pounded into the home. 

Through First Baptist’s Hands of Christ Project and other generous donations from sponsors, homeowner Marks and her three daughters have achieved a lifelong dream of their forever home. Habitat is looking forward to carrying out their mission and beginning their next build in the upcoming months for another deserving family.