Dee Weller purchased a home from Habitat for Humanity of Springfield, Missouri on Monday, August 30, 2021. A dedication ceremony took place at the home which included home tours and a short program for invited guests.
Dee and her adult daughter, Paige, will be living in the home. They’d encountered numerous problems with rentals that were not fixed, including broken appliances, a leaking roof, and more. “You’re either paying a lot for something you can’t afford, or paying less, but you get what you get,” said Dee. “I’m excited to own my own home and do it how I’d like. Of course, it is a huge responsibility, but I’m ready for it. I’m a responsible person – absolutely! Forever home. That’s the way we look at it. I’m never moving again. We’ve worked hard for it, and it feels great!”
Habitat worked with Dee to accommodate her accessibility needs, such as providing lower light switches, higher power outlets, and appliances that she is able to use and operate without support. “A lot of things are going to be more accessible to me, and I’ve never lived in a house that’s accessible for me, so I’m excited.” Paige is particularly looking forward to finally be in a place she knows is her permanent home and to add a dog to the family, as they cannot currently do so in their rental.
Dee purchased her new HFHS home with a 0% interest, 0% APR loan. In addition to purchasing the home, she completed over 250 hours of sweat-equity and 14 of Habitat’s “Tools for Life” homeowner education courses.
Dee and Paige vowed to continue volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. In addition to donating sweat equity hours to Dee, Paige has volunteered and donated over 84 hours of sweat equity to two other Habitat Partner Homebuyers.