|Updated: 12/10/2012 10:12 am
||Published: 12/08/2012 6:36 pm
One Tulsa woman is getting the perfect gift just in time for the Christmas.
Monique Woolridge applied to get a home through Habitat for Humanity.
"Monique, congratulations to you," said Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Paul Kent, as he gave the mother the keys to her new home.
All of her years of renting a home are over now.
After weeks of teaming up with the organization to help build the home of Woolridge's dreams, the mother finally got to walk inside Saturday morning.
"It's wonderful feeling to have this as my Christmas gift," said Woolridge. "Something I can leave my kids when I leave this earth."
Habitat for Humanity helped make it possible for this mother. Tulsa Habitat for Humanity will have 14 homes in the Crutchfield neighborhood completed before Christmas.
"For me, it's a moment of joy and success because these families have accomplished their dreams of becoming homebuyers," said Kent.
Family and friends also gave Woolridge a catfish mailbox. It’s her favorite food and fish. She's never been able to add her own touch on a home like this until now.
"This is my first home of my own," Woolridge told FOX23.
The entire process has taken Woolridge about a year. The mother had to complete a homebuyer’s course to qualify. It took her nine to 12 months to complete.
Woolridge will have a 20 year interest free mortgage with Habitat for Humanity. The money will go towards helping others in Woolridge’s same situation also own a home.