Army Veteran Gets Keys to New Home in Gloucester County

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WOODBURY, N.J. -

A local military veteran and his family do a final walk through before getting the keys to their new house built by Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

Three bedrooms, a kitchen, family room, one bathroom and it all belongs to the Johnson family.

“It’s Ken and Nadine Johnson," said Anthony Isabella, executive director of Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. "Ken is an Army veteran and they’re hardworking people."

The Johnsons are the 39th partner family with Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity.

We moved up from Florida to actually start a better life and this is actually getting us in the position to.

“This means a lot," said Kenneth Johnson, the new homeowner. "It’s been a long, hard road through different situations even coming up to Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity. We moved up from Florida to actually start a better life and this is actually getting us in the position to."

The U.S. Army veteran and his entire family, including their five sons, helped work on the house in Woodbury.

“I mean, you carry two jobs and work your 350 hours of sweat equity, it’s amazing,” said Isabella.

“[I] helped with the painting, shelving, cabinets in the other house, the sheet rock. It was a lot,” said Johnson.

But volunteers and numerous donations also helped this house get built from the ground up.

“This is the fruition of everybody, all our volunteers, all our community support, corporate support, individual support — this is the culmination of the whole thing," said Isabella. "This is what it’s all about."

The new homeowner did a final walk through before signing the papers and getting the keys to his family’s new house.

“It means a lot more because we actually learned what it takes to put into building a home.," said Johnson. "So, when you’re actually putting into your own home you have a lot more pride in what’s yours."

And after testing the hot water and breathing in that new carpet smell this house is now ready to become a home.

“[We've] moved around a little bit before this, so now to actually be in our own home, it’s just an unbelievable feeling,” said Johnson.

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