Once we get some measurable snow, a Sioux Falls family is going to find out what it’s like to shovel their own sidewalk.  

That’s because they are the recipients of a brand new home thanks to Habitat for Humanity and a lot of volunteers, including a handful from KELOLAND Media Group.

This past summer, employees from KELOLAND and dozens of other businesses pitched in to help build a new Habitat home for one deserving family. 

That deserving family is now living the American Dream.   

“Today is one of the favorite parts of my job.  You come out and dedicated the home you’ve spent 18 months building in partnership with the family,” executive director of Habitat for Humanity Patty Brooks said.

Abrehet Osman, a single mother of four, who escaped to the U.S. from their war torn country in Africa, closed on her new house. 

“I can’t even explain in words because I’m so excited to move in here,” 17-year-old Jessepe Etta said. 

Like all applicants, the family is required to put in 200 hours of sweat equity. 

“I’m very excited for this new house, because first off I did my own room and I just want to thank Habitat for Humanity for building the house and putting in the time to build it,” 14-year-old Margerita Etta said. 

Until today, the family of five was living in a small apartment. This is a special day for all of them.   

“Especially because there’s more space and we have a basement.  In the apartment, it was just two bedrooms and a living room,” Margerita said.  

Habitat gets about 75-80 applicants each year and builds about 10 new homes a year.  

“The need is there.  If we had more donors and sponsorship dollars and more volunteers, we could ramp that up even more and make a bigger impact in the Sioux Falls community,” Brooks said. 

An impact that’s changing lives for the better. 

This is the 151st house Habitat has built in Sioux Falls. If you’d like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity including how to get involved and become a volunteer like our KELO group did or to apply to be a recipient, click here.