'We Have A Home Now': Family Sees Vacant House Become Their Own

By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email
By: Elizabeth Nickerson Email

By: Elizabeth Nickerson

June 5, 2013

Crawfordville, FL - "Plant my Gardenias in the front," said Sara Simmons, new homeowner.

Sara Simmons is talking about landscaping plans at her new home--it's a dream she never thought would come true.

"I'm excited for all of us, we have a home now," said Sara Simmons.

Simmons and her husband were homeless for years - living at times with family. But as of three o'clock Wednesday afternoon - the Simmons will happily have a place they will call theirs.

"She is the grandmother of almost 15 grandchildren and she deserve this more than anybody I know," said Natalie Simmons, Sara's Daughter-In-Law.

Sara Simmons has had her share of hardships - including a major car crash, which forced her to carry an oxygen tank wherever she goes ... still she says the Good Lord has blessed her immensely.

"This is a perfect example of the power of prayer," said
Sara Simmons.

The family was part of a program though the TLC Housing Services. The organization converts foreclosed, vacant homes into livable, affordable housing. This Wakulla County home was the first in the area.

But for the Simmons - it's the beginning of a brand new life.

"Each day brings on a new blessing that is just the way it is," said Sara Simmons.

The non-profit, also plans to renovate and sell in Leon, Gadsden, Madison and Jefferson counties. The program's goal is to restore vacant houses to the local tax roll and give families a place to call "home."

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