It truly is an answer to their prayers.
Osvaldo “Ozzy” Morales, 29, and his wife Vonne, 26, would frequently drive by the house at 98 Andover St. on their way to visit relatives on Dale Street.
For more than a year, students from the Greater Lawrence Technical School toiled on the three-bedroom house, which was being constructed for the Andover Community Trust as its sixth affordable town residence.
“We watched the house for a year,” said Vonne Morales, who is originally from Lawrence but now lives in Salem, N.H., with her husband and children. “We prayed about it. My son (Yandel) would go to day care at our church and tell the other kids that God sent people to build our house.”
Recent converts to Christianity, the family is active in the Granite United Church, a Baptist congregation led by Pastor Courtland Holloway.
This summer, they became the proud owners of that house they had been yearning for.
On the back deck of the new house last Tuesday, Aug. 27, as a soft breeze blew the warm summer air, Holloway made a brief speech to a gathering of about 20 friends, family and Andover Community Trust volunteers and board members.
“This is an amazing community effort,” he said. “This is an awesome dream that has been in the heart of a team. You guys made it happen.”
He added, “A house is just a house. Houses provide a home and I believe this young couple is going to provide a home for their children. A safe haven. What you guys are doing is incredible, pushing through the bureaucracy to make things work.”
The executive director of ACT, Susan Stott, credited the work of the organization’s president, John Pearson, along with clerk Joan Johnson and board members Blake Martin, David Lindsay and Tana Goldberg in uniting the Morales family with the home.