WARRENVILLE — A special little boy and his mother are getting a new home through Aiken County Habitat for Humanity.
“I'm blessed,” said Deidra Cain, who will be the house's owner after it is finished early next year.
Cain attended Wednesday's groundbreaking ceremony in Habitat's Warren Ridge Subdivision with her 4-year-old son Myles Dunbar.
He enjoyed playing in a pile of sand on the lot where the home will be located and scooping up dirt with one of Habitat's ceremonial shovels.
“I've always wanted to start from the bottom, build on up to the top and have something of my own, especially after having Myles,” Cain said. “He has a lot of health issues, so I wanted a place for him with a good environment. He's getting ready for another heart surgery, which is his second, and there will be a liver transplant in the future.”
Even though he's been through a lot and faces even more challenges, Dunbar rarely complains, even when he's in pain, his mother said.
Cain works as a child care provider at Midland Valley Christian Academy in Clearwater. She and Dunbar live in Graniteville with her parents.
“Deidra is an ideal candidate for one of our homes,” said Richard Church, Habitat's executive director. “She's working hard, she's taking care of a child and she's also putting in volunteer time at Habitat. How she does it all, I don't know. But she does it, and she does it well.”
The Rotary Club of Aiken, Owens Corning's Matline Facility, Bridgestone and Millbrook Baptist Church are the sponsors of Cain's house, which will have three bedrooms.
“Owens Corning and Bridgestone are two new sponsors that have joined Habitat in building a house,” Church said. “The Rotary Club sponsors a Habitat house every other year, and Millbrook Baptist has been involved in building two houses with Habitat in the past. After a lull, Millbrook is starting to get active with Habitat again, and we're excited about that.”
Cain has been a volunteer at the local Habitat ReStore. She is looking forward to helping construct her new home.
“This will be my first actual Habitat build,” she said. “I'm ready to learn about different things and how to fix stuff on my own.”
Aiken County Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Cain's home will be the 93rd built by the organization and its partner families, sponsors and volunteers.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard.
She has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.