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With Tears of Gratitude, A Cabarrus County Family Receives a New Home

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padtira storyAny day now, Paditra Carlton will move out of the living room she has used as a bedroom. Her son Shannon, 12, will say goodbye to the dining room that’s been his makeshift bedroom. Carlton’s two other children, Bristol, 21, and Kani’a, 16, will also leave the cramped two-bedroom rental they have called home for far too long. Soon, Carlton will close on a new, four-bedroom home on Young Avenue in Concord. It’s the 153rd house that Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County has built. It is also one of 104 being built as part of the State Employees Credit Union Foundation’s Mountains-to-the-Sea Challenge, a $10 million initiative to build at least one Habitat home in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. “Words cannot explain how I feel,” Carlton said May 22 during a dedication ceremony for her pretty new home. “It’s something I have always dreamed of. It’s stability.”

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