Erath County Habitat for Humanity hosted a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday for its 21st home.

Members of the community showed up to take part in the ceremony and welcome the new homeowner, Janet Valdez.

Valdez is a 28-year-old single mother of two children ages 9 and 2, and she works at Affordacare.

“It’s a blessing for sure,” she said.

Stacy Morrison, chair of the Building Committee, spoke during the ceremony about working with the partner families.

“It is an amazing feeling to show up and work side by side with these partner families,” she said. “They become my friends and I become a champion for them. It amazes me. Their work ethic, the double commitment that it takes to be a habitat homeowner and the sweat equity in addition to a mortgage. They’re doubly invested in their homes and they humble me, they inspire me, and they make me so grateful to be part of this team.”

Morrison also thanked several individuals and companies who have invested time and labor in building the Habitat homes like Chris Walter of Chris Walter Construction, Rod and Candy Rutledge of Rutledge Electric, Clint Reed of CR Services, Easter Heat & Air, Iron Horse Plumbing and Thurman Roofing.

James Thurman with Thurman Roofing donated some of the materials and has been a part of Habitat for Humanity for about five years.

“It’s a great thing for the community,” said James Thurman. “It really helps people in need and gives them a good starting point in their life.”