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Singleton family welcomed home

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com

NORTH MANCHESTER — The Singleton family has a new house to call home thanks to the work of the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

Tyler, Shailea and their children Aviah, Emily and Madison were welcomed home on Sunday during a special dedication ceremony put on by the local Habitat affiliate and the volunteers who worked to make the young family’s dream of home ownership come true.

While the Singletons won’t be able to move into their North Manchester-area single-family home until sometime in January 2018, the young family spent Sunday afternoon touring their soon-to-be home.

“It feels awesome,” Tyler Singleton said while touring his house on Sunday.

The young couple has worked with Habitat for more than a year to secure an affordable mortgage and take financial literacy courses, and they will soon be able to move into their four bedroom, two bathroom home.

Habitat volunteers broke ground in April, but the house was not build from scratch. Rather, about 100 or so volunteers stripped the old home down to dry wall and rebuilt the house, including a 350 square-foot addition to accommodate the couple’s three children.

“Their family is larger than the family that was in here previously,” said Maggie Wimberly, executive director of the Wabash Habitat affiliate.

Tyler is a plumber and Shailea is a CNA who have “worked very hard” to provide for their three children, all ages six and under, Wimberly advised.

“It’s like running a really, really long race,” she said. “There’s a lot of joy and relief and excitement for their new adventure and that sense of preparation of getting ready for the next house.”