95th home completed by Habitat for Humanity

By Beau Ebenezer

April 11, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 12:53 PM CDT

PEORIA HEIGHTS Ill -- One mother and her son were handed the keys of a brand new home Thursday evening, and it was all thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Peoria.

Thursday night, the organization and its group of volunteers celebrated as they presented the completion of their 95th home.

The recipients of the new house on London Street in Peoria Heights were Maggie Smith and her 3-year-old son Carter.

Smith performed 350 hours working on the home with other volunteers, and now the home is all her's.

"I feel very relieved and excited to get in and start a new chapter," said Smith. "I'll have my own space, and it is going to be great. I can't wait."

"There's nothing like it to help somebody build a house and then stand here with all of the walls covered and people here all together where she is going to live and have all of these great memories," said Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity, Lea Anne Schmidgall. "I encourage people to get involved so they can feel that part."

About 100 volunteers helped out during the construction of the house that started last July.

Washington Gifted School also pitched in, raising thousands of dollars to support the project.