SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (12/21/2017) After 22 months of hard work and patience, the Sutton family was handed the keys to their new home, after they partnered with Habitat for Humanity to help make a home of their dreams.
Just in time for Christmas, the Sutton family is now the proud new owners of a remodeled home in Springfield after they spent almost two years working hard to get to this day.
"It's more than we expected for sure. We're excited for our kids to be settled and go to the same school until they graduate," said Sussie Sutton, one of the proud new homeowners.
The Sutton's home is just one of the 570 that Habitat has remodeled or built to help give families in need stability through housing.
"There are three criteria that they have to show to apply and be accepted into the program. The first is the need and that could be a number of different things. And that could be a number of different things- they could be living in an overcrowded condition or position, they might be living in an unsafe condition," said Larry Peterson, the Executive Director of the Habitat for Humanity in Springfield.
Although they did partner with Habitat for Humanity, the family was not just given the new home, as they put in many hours of their own blood, sweat and tears to be able to call the place their own.
"We completed 350 sweat-equity hours towards other participants in the programs home and some on ours," said Nathan Sutton, another one of the proud new homeowners.
Looking back, the Suttons said it was all worth it. They plan to have all their furniture moved in by Sunday, just in time to celebrate their first Christmas together in their new home.
Habitat for Humanity said that there are currently ten families working hard to get the keys to their own homes. However, they rely on volunteers and donations to help make this possible. To find out how you can help, click here to be re-directed to Habitat for Humanity's website.