Rina Dixon’s husband was tragically killed in 2007. She was suddenly left alone to raise their three children as a single mom.
Rina took on a full-time receptionist job to keep up with her bills, but eventually fell behind. Not only was the family grieving their loss, but they could no longer afford their home.
The Dixons were forced to move into public housing, but with violent shootings, Rina knew she couldn’t put her children’s lives at risk. Once again, they had to find somewhere else to live.
Rina made the difficult decision to move her three kids into the tiny ramshackle garage attached to her mother’s house. For three years, the family of four lived in squalor inside the 200-square-foot garage. There was no running water, no privacy, no electricity. It was freezing in the winter and scorching in the summer. Rina’s 16-year-old daughter slept in the living room while she and her two boys slept in the makeshift bedroom.
One day, Rina decided enough was enough. She made a decision that changed the course of her and her children’s lives forever and was accepted into a program with Habitat for Humanity.
Rina began to build her own house alongside hundreds of volunteers. It’s a Habitat for Humanity rule that every partner family puts in 500 hours of work on their own house and other homes. Since you must be at least 16 years old to help at the job site, the parents usually complete most of these “sweat equity” hours.
When she wasn’t at her full-time job, Rina was putting in 492 hours of labor, all by herself. There were days that were so hot and exhausting that she almost gave up — but she kept going for her kids.
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