Woman gets keys to new Habitat for Humanity home on Valentine’s Day


Forget chocolates and roses – one woman in Jones County received a set of keys to a new home. 

“Best Valentine’s Day ever. I will never, ever forget it,” said Joy Mattocks, the new homeowner. 

The single mother of two was celebrated by the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity for her hard work with the completion of her one-story home. 

The nonprofit helps provide low-income families with a housing need as long as they dedicate 400 hours to education or swinging a hammer. 

“Joy did more than 400 hours, and she not only did all of her education pieces, but she was here at the house working alongside the crew,” said Tammy Blizzard, vice president of the Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity. 

The crew is made up of volunteers to help build the foundation. However, the project was put on hold due to Hurricane Florence. 

“We went through several contractors that said, ‘Yes, maybe. It’s going to be six months down the road,”‘ said Blizzard. 

The house was untouched by the storm and once it was over the crew got back to work, completing the project in 10 months. 

Mattocks said she never lost hope. She plans on spending the rest of her Valentine’s Day moving into her new home. 

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