Habitat Home Dedication held Saturday

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- We introduced you to Sidney last week. He is the greeter at Chattanooga City hall and works at the movie theater downtown.

Saturday, Habitat for Humanity held the dedication ceremony at his new home. Sidney McDonald says it was a long process to get here, but he is so happy to have the support for the community.

Sidney has already decked out his home in Georgia bulldogs swag. He was joined by dozens who have been rooting him along through it all.

The mayor’s office says they couldn’t think of anyone more deserving.

Stacy Richardson, Mayor Berke’s chief of staff, says  “When you first walk in, he’s the face of our city, that gives me so much joy. He’s who represents our office when you come into the front door and it means so much to be able to be here.”

Richardson spoke passionately in the place of Mayor Andy Berke who was called away at the last minute to a meeting.

She says. “People [are] coming together in neighborhoods like Alton Park building communities and building wonderful places for people to live is start their lives like we’re doing here today. I just want to say on behalf of the Mayor’s office, on behalf of the mayor, I want to thank you all for everything you’ve done and thank you to Rivermont Presbyterian. Thank you so much for letting us be here to celebrate with you.”

Sidney put in 200 “sweat equity” hours to get to this joyous occasion.

He says that this home was worth all the hard work.

Sidney is Habitat for Humanity of Chattanooga’s 278th homeowner.

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