CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — Six years ago this mother moved into her own home.
It wasn’t any ordinary home. She and her three daughters bought a Habitat for Humanity home. It’s opened up a lot of doors for their family.
“I always wanted to own my own home and we moved here from Rantoul about 6 years ago in May.”
These walls and floors symbolize a lot in Arica Moss’ life. And she still says thank you as often as she can.
“Thank you, when i was going through this experience i would get a little emotional because i would say man these people don’t know me from nobody.”
Moss and her three daughters live here. It’s a Habitat for Humanity house in Champaign. Six years ago she needed to move to keep her family safe.
“There was a shooting where we used to stay in rantoul.”
Now years later this is still the place she calls her own.
‘I have been here for a little over 5 years i just got everything repainted on the inside so that was fun picking out colors and stuff.”
“I recently planted some stuff outside and i didn’t realize how much work goes into my own house but i welcomed the challenge.”
This isn’t just a house to Moss and her family. It’s her forever home.
“The blessing that came from habitat was the people I’ve met, the relationships I built.”
Moss has a daughter at the U of I. She is also going to school for her masters. She says even when her girls have moved away she will stay at the house.