Habitat presents keys to new Sarnia homeowners (GALLERY)

Mary and Nelson with their grandchildren outside their new home. December 6, 2018. (Photo by Colin Gowdy, BlackburnNews)

Five senior couples in Sarnia are moving into their new homes thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

The local non-profit held their Key Ceremonies Thursday night to mark the completion of their affordable seniors’ housing project.

Each couple gave emotional speeches to show their gratitude for all those who took part in the initiative.

Mary and Nelson, the final couple to speak, said their new home is truly a blessing.

Nelson said because of Habitat, they were finally able to move out of their fifth-floor apartment unit.

“It means not having to take elevators, and getting the dog out for a walk more often because we only have one floor to contend with,” he said.

More than 500 volunteers spent the last eight months contributing to the building of these homes.

Nelson said he can’t thank them all enough.

“They’re angels. They’re just wonderful and I can’t express how much gratitude we have for them. The people at the Restore were just over-obliging I would say. They did anything you asked of them,” he said.

The five-unit development on Guthrie Drive East in Sarnia is the first purpose-built seniors housing undertaken by a Habitat affiliate in Canada.