|Published:||Dec 24, 2012 7:38 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 24, 2012 7:38 PM EST|
EAST NAPLES, Fla - An East Naples family has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
For the first time ever they will wake up Christmas morning and have a place to call home. It's all thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.
For the Cyriaque family, this Christmas is extra special and full of firsts. Inelda and her daughters Zyan, 13, and Lyana, 7, are putting up their first Christmas tree and it's going up in their first home.
"Sky is the limit. This is like a dream," says Inelda Cyriaque. "I've been smiling. I haven't stopped smiling."
The road to homeownership hasn't been easy for Inelda, but she has never given up.
"I was a teen mom at 16," says Cyriaque. "From there I just had a goal in mind to not become a statistic."
While living in Miami, Zyan became sick with a bacterial fungus and Inelda lost her job. "That was rock bottom for me," says Cyriaque. "I was like, we're leaving."
With $100 in her pocket, she packed the kids and everything she owned into this car and came across Alligator Ally. That was in August of last year and now, she's a homeowner.
"Even my mom said she was proud of me," says Cyriaque. "Even after all these years. I'm proud of you, wow."
Inelda went back to school, graduated, got a new job and now a new home. "It's great," says Zyan. "Our first actual home that we don't have to move anymore and finally I get my own room."
This is all made possible because of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County. "They've moved three times in one year and now to be celebrating Christmas, in their forever home is very exciting," says Lisa Lefkow, executive vice president of development at Habitat for Humanity of Collier County.
"God puts certain people in your path to guide you," says Cyriaque. "everything happens for a reason."
Habitat for Humanity of Collier County has been serving families since April of 1978. Since then they have built more than 1,400 homes.
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