New London, Conn. (WTNH) - Tomorrow marks a very special Thanksgiving for one New London woman and her five children; thanks to Habitat for Humanity they will soon be moving into their very own home.
Jennifer O'Neil can't wait to host a family Christmas in her new home.
"And hang out in my house, my house," said O'Neil. "You know, that's exciting."
It is a proud moment for the single mother of five.
"Now I'm happy I don't have to share a room with him anymore," said O'Neil's son, Jonathon Lopez.
The O'Neil-Lopez family has many reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving.
"I never had my own room before cause I"m usually sharing it with my mom," said Gabriayla Lopez, daughter.
"I'm very excited to have our own space," said Miriaha O'Neil, daughter. "I'm excited for my brothers to grow up in this house and have their own place and not be embarrassed to have their friends over."
"I don't follow, he follows me," said Giovanni Lopez, son. "We're twins so we sometimes like to be with each other, sometimes we don't."
Next month the family will move out of their three bedroom apartment and into this six bedroom house completely renovated by Habitat for Humanity volunteers.
"That's what makes the whole thing to me very very heartwarming," said Lee Watrous, Habitat for Humanity. "They're just so dedicated to what they do. They really want to learn skill sets."
Skills that Jennifer O'Neil also learned while helping to build the first home she has ever owned.
"It's awesome," said O'Neil. "A blessing, a really huge blessing."
"This is our house," said Alixhandra O'Neil, daughter. "It's no longer if you have an issue you have to call a landlord and wait days or even months."
Jennifer O'Neil says Habitat does not set her up for failure, it sets her up to succeed. She has a no interest mortgage and the home is also energy star plus efficient so she'll be able to afford to maintain it.
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