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Cartersville family moves into Habitat home
by Monica Burge
August 28, 2012 03:17 PM | 1280 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, Cartersville residents Timothy Daniel, his wife Kimberly Daniel and their son Christopher Daniel, 3, received the keys to their new home they helped construct from the foundation up last Wednesday afternoon.
From left, Cartersville residents Timothy Daniel, his wife Kimberly Daniel and their son Christopher Daniel, 3, received the keys to their new home they helped construct from the foundation up last Wednesday afternoon.
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In 2006, Tim Daniel of Cartersville was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

A husband and father who was used to being independent, Daniel said he was unsure of what lies ahead for his family.

“When things happen sometimes, you don’t know what to do,” Daniel said. “It was scary.”

Daniel said his wife Kimberly found out about help available through the Bartow Area Habitat for Humanity and they were able to get the assistance they needed — a home that would accommodate Daniel and prove functional for him and his family.

“There were so many things they were in need of but didn’t have previously,” said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Robin Hooker.

With the help of the organization, they are now proud homeowners of a handicap accessible home, thanks to the help of a community of volunteers, local government and businesses.

Hooker said dedicated volunteers worked since May to build the home and businesses such as Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and Hamilton State Bank, and nonprofit United Way played a significant role in the project.

The family recently accepted the keys to their home on Douglas Street at a dedication ceremony.

“This was such a blessing,” Daniel said.

The couple will reside in the home with their children Dasanavian, 10, Aaliyah, 8, and Christopher, 3.

Hooker said the Daniel family played an active role in the homebuilding process.

“We are just tickled to death to have them as homeowners,” Hooker said. “Their family has been extraordinary.”

Hooker said the home is just the second since 1984 to be 100 percent handicap accessible and general contractor Don Liotta worked hard to design a home from the foundation up that would accommodate the family.

Hooker said a Community Development Block Grant through the city of Cartersville was key in helping the Daniel family become homeowners.

Hooker said a total of six homes will be built thanks to the grant with the final two homes being built by the end of the year.

In addition, a third home will be built thanks to a $60,000 donation from Anheuser-Busch.

Liotta said the work of Habitat for Humanity is something everyone in the community can be proud of and take part in.

“It’s about all of us coming together and lifting each other up,” Liotta said.

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