Reed City family gets new home

House dedication comes just in time for Christmas

REED CITY — It was a day of celebration for Marcy Jo Scott and her five sons, as they received keys to their new home from members of the Osceola County Habitat for Humanity on Saturday.

The dedication of the Scott’s new home from community officials, local supporters and other family members came just in time for Christmas said Mary Lou Proefrock, a Habitat board member and chairperson of Habitat’s selection committee.

“This has been a longtime coming for this family,” Proefrock said. “They have been so patient and worked so hard to get to this point.”

Scott and her five sons, Jacob 17, Kyle, 14, RJ, 13, Ryan, 12 and Chad, 10, have been living in a two-bedroom trailer while the house was being constructed. Marcy’s mother, Linda Cox, of Grant, was struggling to hold back the tears in her eyes during the dedication.

“It’s good to see something like this come back to Marcy and her children,” Cox said. “Marcy is someone who never thinks about herself, first. She is a giver. She always helps others and to see this happen is wonderful. It’s a good home going to a well-deserved family.”

It’s the first time the boys will have their own room and mom is happy to be moving into a place she can finally call home.

“It’s a dream come true,” Scott said. “It’s a historic moment for us. I don’t know what to do next. I know we will be busy moving in (Saturday), but really not sure what is next for us. It’s all so wonderful.”

The move comes just in time for the family to set up their Christmas tree.

“I have the tree in the truck and we will set it up once we help Marcy get the stuff moved in,” Cox said.

As Jacob stood in the center of his empty new bedroom, with fresh paint on the walls, he wrestled with a big decision to make.

“I don’t know if I should put my bed there,” he said, pointing next to the window, “or there, or there,” pointing to two corners of the room. “It’s going to be my space and I get to set it up for me. That’s a good feeling.”

The Habitat for Humanity program partners with families to help get them into a home. Partner is a key word to Habitat officials, who are crystal clear about how the program functions — it’s far from a hand out, it’s just a hands up.

Partner families are not given the homes, they buy them. They must work and put aside money throughout the process to cover down payment and closing costs on the home and are responsible for paying their mortgage and other home costs every month.

They go through a Homeowner Course Program that teaches financial literacy and household maintenance, and are required to put more than 300 hours of “sweat equity” into the program before they get their keys.

Scott and the boys joined construction crews to help them build their home.

“It was a new experience for me,” Scott said. “I learned a lot. I helped paint, drywall, run electrical and more. The kids learned a lot, too. We are all looking forward to giving back by helping other families reach the same dream of owning their own home.”