On a sunny Saturday morning, Mount Rainier was clearly visible from the front porch of Lot #25 at The Woods at Golden Given (The Woods) as neighbors, friends, and Habitat staff gathered there to celebrate the dedication of the Diallo-Diouf family’s home.
“I hope and pray that we dedicate this house this morning to a deserving family – that they treat it with care, live in it with love, and seek to lead a life as to please their life-giver,” said Lieutenant Colonel Shabazz, United States Army Chaplain, in the dedication ceremony’s opening prayer.
Deanna Stephens and Lindsey Ravina, homeowners who were recently elected to the Resident Advisory Board at The Woods, attended the dedication to represent the board and show their support.
“As a board and as a community, we want to be able to support you guys and be here for whatever you need to help make this a home for you,” said Ravina.
Moussa Diallo, who was active-duty Army and moved to Washington State when he was stationed at Fort Lewis, was eager to express his appreciation to the Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity volunteers and staff members
“It’s been very nice to work with you,” he said. “I believe in karma – when you do good to people, one day when you don’t expect it, it will come back to you. [The Habitat volunteers] set a good example to follow too – just give our time. Even after we get done with our sweat equity program we will maybe volunteer in the community, and help others like you helped us.”