A Slocomb woman who’s struggled for years to fix and maintain her home got a helping hand from habitat for humanity this afternoon.
"It just feels good, I am overjoyed," Said Thaomia Hilliard.
Thaomia Hilliard is a new homeowner thanks to the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity.
For Hilliard this moment has been a long time in the making.
She’s lived on the same property for more than 50 years but termite damage created major structural damage forcing the home she cared for so many years to collapse taking precious memories with it.
"It was a half-acre of land me and my husband bought in 1961. I think it was one-hundred-75 dollars for the half of an acre and that was all that we could buy at the time. His income was I think $50 a week," says Hilliard.
But they didn’t share their home together long, Sunday marks 41 years since Hilliard lost her husband.
Their land has grown since then and although this home marks a new beginning, Hilliard says it’s a great way to honor their past.
"We feel that he's somewhere in heaven looking down on this operation and he's very proud of what he see's is going on," says her son Mark.
Habitat’s construction started three months ago, on a special date to his father, September 7, which was his dad’s birthday.
With that in mind, Thaomia worked much harder. She received the home after putting in 5-hundred work and 50 educational hours. An effort she’s finally glad to see pay off.
For outsiders it’s a new home in Slocomb. For Hilliard it’s foundation for her family to grow and remember the husband that gave her heart a home.
Much of the community came out to Hilliard’s home dedication ceremony including family members from all across the country.