MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- A local mom goes from renter to proud homeowner on Sunday as she gets the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home.
Latoya Porchia and her son received the keys to their new place in Machesney Park Sunday afternoon. Her friends and family said a brief prayer for Porchia before she took them on tours inside. As with every Habitat house, Porchia had to put in 300 hours of work on her new digs. She said she put in ever more hours than that and learned how to paint and put up drywall in the process.
“My son has his own room. I was in a one bedroom apartment and so now my son has his own room and we need this,” says Latoya Porchia. “The neighborhood I was in wasn't that great and this a great neighborhood and a great school district so I am very excited. It’s all about my son and his safety."
About 40 students in Harlem High School's building trades class helped build this home. Another class designed and installed the landscaping around the house. District leaders won't offer the class next year to cut costs but say they're working on creating a new partnership with Habitat for Humanity to complete more projects like this one.