Habitat welcomes family to new home

Sabrina Locket cuts the ribbon to her new home build through the Habitat for Humanity.

Sabrina Lockett's children were already playing in the yard of their new home before she even had a chance to cut the ribbon. Aiken County Habitat for Humanity dedicated the new home Monday evening to Lockett, her 8-year-old daughter Taylionte, and her two sons, Terrell, 4, and Tyquan, 3. This is house number 78 out of 80 completed in Aiken County since 1988 when the local affiliate of Habitat was established. The red ribbon was cut by Lockett, and she was presented with a Bible, needlework done by the Aiken Stitchin' Belles which was framed by Connie's Framing, and lastly, the keys to her new home. Two house warming baskets from Target and Security Federal were also given to Lockett. "I thank everyone who was involved - I'm so happy," Lockett said, adding that she didn't want to say too much more because she was tearing up. Lockett not only is the mother of three children; she also works at the Aiken County Assessor's Office and is working towards a Bachelor of Science in accounting at USC Aiken. "You can see she's very dedicated to her children," said Jan Redfearn, one of Lockett's shepherds through the Habitat's Family Support Committee. Lockett also put some time or "sweat equity" into the Habitat office, the Habitat ReStore, and the construction of her new home. "With Sabrina's can-do attitude, she should have been our shepherd," said Redfearn. "What a delightful, delightful woman." The three-bedroom home was sponsored and built in about three months by H.G. Reynolds Co. Inc. and is the third Habitat home that the company has built in Aiken County. "Habitat is overwhelmed by your generosity," said Habitat President Richard Harmon to the H.G. Reynolds representatives present at the dedication. "This just speaks volumes." Jeffrey Reynolds, the president of H.G. Reynolds Co. Inc., said that building Habitat homes was a great way to give back to the community. The company's project manager, Bud Zipf, added that building homes for Habitat is a satisfying experience. "These are enjoyable - it's fun to build a house," Zipf said. The interior of the home was set in brown carpet and the walls, which were painted by Lockett herself, were apple red, bright orange and a soft tan. "I love it," she said. "It was wonderful how everything turned out." Taylionte said her new home was pretty, and she was excited to move in. "It's great," she said grinning. For more information about Aiken County Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitataiken.org or call 642-9295. Contact Amy Banton at abanton@aikenstandard.com.