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Fifth UAB Habitat for Humanity home dedicated Thursday

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Updated: Nov. 1, 2018 at 5:28 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - It was the realization of a dream for Ames Ferrell on Thursday. His smile could barely be contained as UAB President Ray Watts stood in front of him.

“It's my great pleasure on behalf of everyone at UAB to give you this official, real key to your front door,” Watts told him as he handed Ferrell the key.

The room erupted in applause. “Just really super excited, blessed. It’s just an amazing thing to have a house like this that’s so nice as my own,” Ferrell says. He wore a shirt that proclaimed, “I am a proud home owner.”

He wore it to the dedication ceremony for his new house Thursday. A house he helped build through the Habitat for Humanity program.

“It was pretty amazing because you get to see it start from the ground and build up each day that passes by,” Ferrell says.

To qualify, he had to put in over 300 sweat equity hours.

Working alongside him, his family and over 500 UAB employees who donated nearly 2,000 hours. They did so through the university’s benevolent fund which allows employees to give back to the community.

This is the fifth Habitat House they've helped build.

“You see the difference that your contributions make, not just financial, but your time and your energy,” Lisa Higginbotham.

Thursday was just the dedication. There’s still a little bit of work left to go before Ferrell can officially move into the home, but he hopes to do so well before Thanksgiving.

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