KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
A metro mother's Christmas wish came true a little early tha
nks to Jackson County's Constructing Futures program.
Latoya Caldwell and her four children walked into their new home Thursday morning and it was a complete surprise. The three-bedroom home is located in Kansas City's Ivanhoe neighborhood.
Caldwell applied for a home through Jackson County's Constructing Futures program over a month ago.
She thought she was going for her second interview when she got the keys to her house.
"This has been a tough two years. This is just what we need to continue our road to success," Caldwell said.
The Caldwells have lived in shelters and with relatives for more than a year. Two of her children have special needs. She said her previous home life made it more difficult to take care of her children.
"I was in an abusive relationship with my two-year-old's dad and I needed to get away from him, away from anyone who was connected with him," Caldwell said.
Constructing Futures started in 2008. The program trains people to work on vacant homes and donates those homes to deserving families. They've given away five homes this year.