“This can’t be real!” said Dianne Carpenter with a huge smile and tears in her eyes, as her brand new house key was placed in her hands. “I just can’t believe it!” The joy that Dianne felt was long overdue. She had been waiting for this exact moment for nearly seven years.
In 2010, the Carpenter family lost their Carter County home and all of their belongings to a fire.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the only heartache they would have to battle. Less than two weeks after the Carpenter family lost everything in the fire, Dianne’s mother’s home was flooded. As a family, the Carpenters settled into an apartment in Morehead the best that they could. Not only was Dianne responsible for providing a safe home for her elderly mother, but also her two young grandchildren who live with her. Due to the condition of the apartment, concern about good air quality and temperature control weighed heavily on Diane’s mind; the stress was becoming overwhelming.
Dianne first learned of the Morehead CDBG project in 2014, before any details were set in stone and the project was only in the works. The Carpenter family started their wait as Frontier and the City of Morehead worked alongside one another to create the Morehead CDBG Project. In January of 2017, the Morehead CDBG project was finally ready to be offered to the community. After reading an advertisement in the Morehead News that this long awaited project was ready, Dianne made her way to Frontier’s office to begin her journey to homeownership. As the closing date quickly approached, Dianne kept thinking to herself that it couldn’t be real! After seven long years of waiting, on June 27th, 2017, the Carpenter family moved into the house of their dreams.
The Carpenter family is now settled in their new home, a place where they will live and enjoy being a family without worries. “I hope this is a place that I can pass onto my family, to take care of them all for years to come.” Dianne said at closing. Though Dianne set out on a difficult road, her journey has ended at a beautiful destination: Home.