UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KPLR) - Tears of joy flowed as Habitat for Humanity presented Tyanna Sanderson with the keys to her brand new home.
More tears came when Tyanna and her husband Treondus walked around the inside of the new home where they will soon move with their two sons.
"We're coming from a one-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom home that we are going to own. So this is very life changing." said Tyanna Sanderson.
The move to U-City is equally life-changing for Johonda Willis, a single mother and a nursing school graduate that wanted nothing else but to improve the quality of life for her three children.
"I lived in a community that was infested with drugs and a lot of crime. So when I graduated, I knew the first thing that I would do is to move my smaller children into a better neighborhood." said Johonda Willis.
For the volunteer staff at Habitat for Humanity, seeing the happy new home owners on dedication day is what makes all their hard work and time worth it.
"It just kind of puts it in perspective for us. It helps us understand that yes, we are giving our time, and we are doing this to build a house for a family, but for that individual family, this means that their lives are forever changed." said Avis Laden Habitat for Humanity's Family Services Manager
The families put in their fair share of hours and hard work as well to qualify to purchase these new homes. Now that they have achieved those goals, the next step is moving in.