Mother of four gets Habitat home

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Karen Bell is finally seeing her labor of love come to life. The home that she and countless of other volunteers have been working on under the leadership of Habitat for Humanity, Mid-Ohio is finally complete.

Her new house on East 15th Avenue in Columbus was dedicated Saturday morning. Bell had been living in sub-standard housing when she began working on the construction of her new home.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers and students from Fort Hayes Career Center joined Bell working on the project from start to finish. E.J. Thomas, the President and CEO of Habitat for Humanity, Mid-Ohio says volunteers worked more than 3500 hours on the new home. Bell put 250 hours of sweat equity into the project herself. It’s required of all recipients of Habitat for Humanity homes. They must also pay a mortgage.

“I put a lot of hard work into it. I didn’t think I could do it, but I pulled it through. So it’s good,” said Karen Bell.

“It is a marvelous moment. I’ve been doing this for almost 12 years and I have to say I get a shiver up my spine every time we get to that moment because that’s the focal point for this whole project,” explained Thomas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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