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Habitat home honors flight attendant's late husband

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Delta’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity International has reached another milestone: 215 homes built since 1995. But home No. 215 is not just another success story, it’s a home with special meaning for one Delta employee.

Nearly 11 years ago, Delta flight attendant Kim Mills-Smith lost her husband, Jeffrey “Scottie” Smith. Mills-Smith’s late husband was a custom home builder, which is what inspired her to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity several years ago.

This year, Habitat asked Mills-Smith to help them design a house to honor her late husband. They even decided to name the project “The Scottie” in his memory.

“It was such a perfect opportunity to honor him,” said Mills-Smith. “To marry Habitat for Humanity with Delta Air Lines where I felt I belonged again, where I had purpose again, where I had something to contribute. (It) was sheer perfection for me.”

This month, Delta kicked off construction of “The Scottie” with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity in Atlanta.

Nail by nail, board by board, the home was carefully crafted by the entire volunteer team. Construction wrapped up Friday, and new homeowners Darren, Chatara and their children finally got the keys to move in.

Mills-Smith was also on hand to dedicate and bless the house for the family.

Six other homes will be built this fall in five other cities around the U.S., including Delta’s hubs in Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. More than 2,400 Delta employees will participate in the projects, which began Sept. 8 and continue through Nov. 7. 

- Shannon Ledwich