A Biloxi family's dream comes true on Seal Avenue

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - At 318 Seal Avenue stands Florenda Porter's dream come true, her first home.

"When I got up to that podium and I looked at all the faces," Porter said, "it was great to see all the faces here just to help our one family."

The financial help came by way of a three-way partnership.  It involved Kellogg, Winn-Dixie stores and Habitat for Humanity.  Every time a customer bought two Kellogg brand items at Winn Dixie, 25 cents went toward Porter's new $50,000 home.

Volunteers also played a part in the new home build by offering their skills and time for labor.  As for Porter's new home, it's almost double the size of her old apartment.  That means a lot more space for Porter and her two sons, 6-year-old Daishaun and 10-month-old Dailen.

"It's real great," Daishaun exclaimed. "I'm happy that I moved in this house!"

Walking through her new home, Porter can't get over the spacious new kitchen and living area.

"It's so big. I actually already have a table bought for the living room. I'm also thinking about getting a sectional. I got two full bathrooms to decorate. Yeah, I'm excited about all of that," Porter said.

But Porter said a dream like this one take more than a wish. It takes the will to make it a reality. It's a message she felt her two boys needed to hear.

"When I was leaving, going to work the sweat equity hours, I would say, 'Momma's tired, but I'm doing this for you. You're gonna have your own home to grow up in. It's all gonna be worth it in the end.'"

Every Habitat homeowner works on their home through sweat equity hours. Porter said those were hours well spent and she now has a new home because of them.

Porter plans to move-in on Monday.

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