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Habitat home dedicated to late Forsyth resident
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The Tarelo family accepts a toolbox from Rick Hogg, Habitat’s Forsyth County construction manager. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Construction on one family’s home in north Forysth was recently completed and dedicated to the legacy of a longtime Forsyth County resident who played an integral role in Habitat for Humanity-North Central Georgia.

The Tarelo family’s home, the third of four Habitat homes being built on Hubert Martin Drive, celebrated Bob Gorrie, a construction manager for the nonprofit, who recently passed away from cancer.

“Those who attended the ceremony shared their inspiring stories of Bob and how he impacted so many lives in the community,” said Kristyn Johnson, a spokeswoman for Habitat of North Central Georgia.

The home was built for Maria Tarelo, who has lived in Forsyth for the last 10 years, and her three children, Ricky, 11, Natasha, 10, and Elia, 7.

Tarelo is a head custodian for Forsyth County Schools and said she was overwhelmed with the support and good wishes she received at the dedication ceremony.

“I am so grateful to everyone who helped build this home for me and my children,” she said.

Habitat, a nonprofit Christian housing ministry, builds “simple, decent homes” for purchase by low- to moderate-income families who demonstrate “a capacity for responsible homeownership.”

The local branch of the nonprofit has completed 287 homes for more than 1,075 family members in Forsyth, Cherokee and Dawson counties and the north Fulton area since its inception in 1995.

Families are required to attend six educational classes and perform 200-300 sweat equity hours by helping to build their house.

Eligible families earn between 30 and 60 percent of the Atlanta area median income and buy their homes from Habitat, which provides a 30-year, no-interest loan.

Since 2014, Habitat of North Central Georgia has also completed 25 home repair projects for veterans and seniors.