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Charlottesville's Habitat Store Celebrates 10 Years

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The Habitat Store celebrated 10 years of service to families on Saturday. The Habitat Store celebrated 10 years of service to families on Saturday.

Charlottesville's Habitat Store is celebrating 10 years serving the community. The store's profits support Habitat for Humanity's home-building projects.

Sales from the Habitat Store cover costs for two homes each year in the Charlottesville area. Now one of those homeowners is giving back to the store and the community that built him a home.

"Everybody has to work. Not too many people, I feel, enjoy going to work. I do," Habitat homeowner Larry Scott said.

Scott knows from his own experience the impact his work at the Habitat Store will have on Charlottesville families.

"Working here at the store every day I come to work knowing that with the help of the community I'm going to be able to help someone to have a home," he said.

Scott used to think owning his own home was financially impossible.

"Always had a dream and tucked it way, way, way in my heart because I knew it was impossible," he said.

But Habitat for Humanity made his dream a reality. Scott has owned his home for almost seven years now - giving his family a sense of pride and security.

"I really can't put it into words what it means to the overall picture but happiness," he said.

The Habitat Store celebrated 10 years of service to families like Scott's Saturday.

"We have been able to build the equivalent of 16 Habitat partner family homes with the money we have raised in the last decade here at the store, and so we're just really excited to be a part of that and hope to be able to serve the Charlottesville community moving forward," said Caitlin Riopel, Habitat Store manager.

Scott says he is glad to know his work at the Habitat Store will bring other families the same joy he feels every day when he comes home from work.

"Every day I go home, I don't get out the car immediately. I look at my home. It's just like the first day," he said.

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