OLD TOWN, Maine (WABI) - Empowering families through home ownership. That's the goal of Habitat for Humanity.
The dream came true Tuesday for an Old Town mother and her children after months of hard work.
"After all of this hard work, I get to be the one that gives you the keys."
It's move in day for Renee Byers, but she did more than just accept the keys to this single story dwelling in Old Town, she actually helped to build it.
"It's a truly amazing feeling. I'm in love with the house."
Much of the structure was built from scratch, thanks in part to Habitat for Humanity volunteers and University of Maine students.
"UMO Boys, they were great working in here and they did a really awesome job. The moment it started coming together, it just started feeling more like a home."
Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families in need of housing.
"The book is a lot about how Mom spent a lot of her last year working on the house."
Executive director Lynn Hempen says these projects not only provide stability for families but a sense of community.
"We can never underestimate the power that a house will have on a family."
"Why are you so excited? Because we're going to move!"
It's a big day for sisters Hope and Faith.
"I like my pink room."
The ladies are already taking advantage of their big backyard and of course their new living room / makeshift dance studio. And mom couldn't be happier.
"I know they're going to go to bed safe tonight."
Safe in a home they can finally call their own.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity and the work they do for local communities, visit habitat dot org.