Newest Holston Habitat for Humanity home gets official groundbreaking

Published 11:21 am Friday, July 15, 2022

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A bright, early morning sun greeted Patti Huszai as she stepped onto the lot that will soon be her new home on Blevins Avenue near downtown Elizabethton.
As the newest recipient of a Holston Habitat for Humanity home, Huszai was taking part in a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday for what will become her home and the 26th house built by the group in Carter County.
Along with Huszai for the actual groundbreaking were Sam, Darlene and Charlie LaPorte. The LaPorte family sponsored this build in memory of their Uncle Charles “Dude” LaPorte.
After leaving an abusive relationship and filing for divorce last year, Huszai said she had moved into her son’s home while looking for an affordable home. “I started the process with Habitat that includes filling out a lot of paper,” she chuckled, “and then Alisa told me today that this is going to be my house and I’ve been crying happy tears all morning long.”
Construction began in late June, and the basement walls provided a backdrop for Thursday’s groundbreaking. In upcoming weeks volunteers from several Elizabethton businesses, churches, and community organizations will join together to begin construction on the two-bedroom Habitat home. Holston Habitat for Humanity projects the finishing date on the house by mid to late October.
Community members are invited to sign-up to volunteer by visiting Businesses, churches, and organizations interested in participating on site as a group can reserve team-building days by contacting Volunteer Manager, Mandy Penz, at 423-239-7689 ext. 801 or by emailing

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