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Habitat Houses help homeowners, families flourish

86% of Habitat Homeowners surveyed say their kids are sick less often
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Posted at 5:45 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 10:29:59-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)  — Lexington Habitat for Humanity not only builds homes, but they help families thrive.

Homeowner Norma Rivera said that her family put in work for over a year and now, their Lexington Habitat home is their fresh start.

"To remember the first day, coming here and picking the lot itself, and it was nothing but grass, to little by little see it becoming something," said Rivera.

The home will impact her and her three children for a lifetime.

"It felt amazing the fact that I was able to work on my own home. I had friends and family that came and helped and that meant a lot, that meant a lot to me," Rivera said.

Lexington Habitat's Family Services Director April Smith was along for the ride, building a home for the family, and building a relationship with them.

"She's added some amazing landscaping to the front of the house. I'm just so proud of her," said Smith. "The thing that means the most to me, is when I come back to a house like Norma's and I see the pride she has in, the pride her kids have in it."

That pride helps a family thrive. A survey of Habitat Homeowners showed that 90% said their children had better spaces for homework and 76% said their kids were performing better in school. 86% of those who took the survey said that their kids were sick less often.