A Sedalia Area Habitat for Humanity home dedication ceremony was held Sunday afternoon for Tangela “Tanny” Wallace’s new home at 314 Walnut in northeast Sedalia.
She and her two children Liam, 10, a fifth grader, and Kelsey, 13, an eighth grader, were presented with a Bible and keys to the newly-completed three-bedroom, two bath house by Minister James Graves.
Wallace’s Habitat mentor Tracy Mallard noted that when she first met her a year ago, her housing needs were quite apparent.
“Her willingness to work hard for this home and her spirit have probably more than impressed you if you’ve worked alongside her,” Mallard said in her comments during the ceremony, attended by dozens of people.
“As she has impacted you, you need to know that you have also impacted her even more, and although she sometimes feels unworthy of this amazing opportunity, through your many acts of kindness and hard work, Tanny is starting to feel that she is deserving, she’s very helpful and she is blessed to be in this home,” Mallard stated.
Wallace has worked for Sedalia School District 200 at Heber Hunt Elementary School since March 2, 2010.
Former Mayor Elaine Horn congratulated the Wallaces on their new home.
“It was really exciting for me last summer (late August) when the campers came (Family Motor Coach Association). It was a group of retired military folks and they had such a spirit of God about them. They never got in a hurry, but the work they accomplished with their hands that were touched by God was so amazing to me to watch. It was such a peaceful feeling,” Horn recalled.
“For me, it’s really touching to be here today to say congratulations and on your new home and for becoming a complete member of our community,” she said.
Wallace, a native of the Kansas City area, previously lived in La Monte.
“I just think that we are very blessed to have so many caring people in our community from so many different walks of life. Because we never know what challenges that other people have faced. And it’s always really good to give back and give them that hand up,” she concluded.
Dr. Dave Limbaugh noted that the lot the house sits on was sold to Habitat by Sedalia School District 200. He thanked several individuals and organizations for their help, as did Construction Chairman Tom Beatty.
“Tanny’s been such a good worker; I’d give her an assignment to do and she’ll do it, and if she needs help, she’ll come and ask for it.” Beatty said. “Like I say, this can’t happen without volunteers.” He singled out Scott Matz and his crew from the Lions Club for recognition on the project.
Beatty credited Lowe’s, Sutherlands and Menard’s for their material donations, as well as Master Gardeners for their landscaping skills.
Two volunteers who were on the job almost every Saturday were Denny Cloud and Gary Lamb. Beatty thanked them for their unselfish efforts on the project.
Wallace expressed her gratitude to Habitat, her co-workers and all who worked on the 10-month project. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.