0425 GMT September 24, 2022
"I just lost it," said Allison, who did not want to use her last name. "What everyone didn't know is how bad my car was doing. I had to replace my transmission. I would have to pull over to the side of the road because my car wouldn't click into gear. Often times we would be sitting on the side of the road waiting for roadside assistance.”
Allison who lives in Largo in Florida, the US, beamed as she told Bay News 9 that this is the first time she has felt worry-free in more than 10 years.
"I was a teen mom, I had my daughter at 17," she explained. "After that I was having a kid every two years and they have special needs so it's been hard."
She said that she had been through a divorce and not having help with the kids has been a challenge. However, this new home serves as a huge stepping stone in the right direction for her entire family.
"I can't tell you how many times I've put the kids to bed and sat in the dining room in shock — this is our new home," she said.
Allsion has six kids, five of which have disabilities.
Her family's new home accommodates each of their needs.
"We are so thankful," said Allison, who worked 350 sweat equity hours with Habitat for Humanity to become eligible for the home.
Now the family can focus on making their new house a home.