Woman ready to call Habitat house “home”

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MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — It took 2,000 hours and more than 100 volunteers, but soon, an area mother and her daughters will have a new place to call home.

It’s the 37th home Habitat for Humanity of Coles County has built. At the end of construction, someone’s life is forever changed.

Aisha Crowe does everything she can to provide for her daughters. She’s worked two and three jobs at one time, studied hard to get her college degree, but all of it was to achieve the goal of having a place to call her own.

That dream is just about to become reality. Crowe’s waited most of her life for a home to call her own.

“Having this home makes it so I can actually work one full-time job and see my kids every night and be able to tuck them in and have dinner.”

Crowe is a mother of four; two daughters still live at home. Thanks to help from Habitat for Humanity, this house will soon be hers.

“The house really isn’t just a house. It actually made me part of the community.”

She’s spent countless Saturdays working to turn this property into a house.

“With Habitat, it’s not a house that’s given to you, it’s a house you work for.”

She’s not alone. People from all over have taken time to pitch in and help, including the friend who helped Aisha’s dreams come true.

“Her story definitely inspired me and I felt like it would be a way to help out.”

Michael Lawhorn wrote a letter to say why she deserved it, but he knows it won’t just change her life.

“To see her put herself out there and do that much work for her family is pretty inspiring.”

Each build is possible with the help of dozens of helping hands. For some, like Butch Thompson, it’s become a way of life.

“Probably the most rewarding part is seeing the people get the key at the end of the job. It’s pretty touching for a lot of people.”

It’s a house built from the ground up, but to the owner, it’s never just a place to live.

“Living here for three years, I’ve never felt a part of the community. I was isolated and since just the build the last seven months, I have made more friends and relationships that will last far beyond this.”

Crowe moves into her home Thanksgiving weekend.

There have been several acts of kindness with this build. A church hosted several fundraisers to pay for the lumber and several professionals also donated their services. Her neighbors even bought her a dishwasher.

WCIA-3 News is teaming up with Habitat for Humanity for our Day of Giving this year. We’ll have a collection drive, Tuesday, November 28, in our back parking lot, as well as several other collection sites around Central Illinois, including Danville, Decatur, Mattoon and Springfield. The drive will run throughout the day. 

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