Habitat hands over the keys to the Bright Street house (GALLERY)

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Three years after applying to Habitat for Humanity Sarnia-Lambton, Kelly Edwards received the keys to her newly renovated home on Friday.

CEO David Waters said they started work on the 111 Bright Street house in Sarnia last September.

“It was in pretty bad shape,” Waters said. “Water pipes had burst in the basement and there were these huge chunks of ice that had frozen. So we had it cleaned up and looked at and (decided) what we were going to do, how we were going to do it and decided that we would just do a demonstration of everything inside.

He said a team of 18 people from NOVA Chemicals demolished the interior of the house in one day on United Way Solidarity Day.

After that, he said that work on the project was proceeding at a much slower pace.

“Obviously, COVID has slowed things down,” Waters said. “We could have continued if we wanted, because whatever project started we could carry it on, even with COVID, but we thought we better keep our team safe for a while and shut it down and we did it. The supplies were a bit risky at first to get things, and the shelves emptied faster once everything was opened, but it all fell into place.

Edwards, who lived in a townhouse with his 10-year-old daughter Piper, said it was worth the wait.

“I know she has a safe house to live in now, there is nothing I need to worry about, she has a nice backyard that is safe to play in,” said Edwards.

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