CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - It took a community to make this day possible for Barbara Strickland and her family. She is raising her 3 grandchildren whose mother died and 2 great grandchildren.
Since the death of Barbara's husband upkeep had been difficult on their home.
"My roof leaked; the ceilings were coming down; it was about to fall down," she said.
Monday was nearly six months in the making. The Samaritan Center helps thousands of people each year, but getting a new home for a family is not normally in their mission. After first seeing Strickland's home, the Samaritan Center enlisted the help of 18 other agencies to make this possible.
"I'm happy we don't have to worry about leaks, or freezing cold temperatures or any of that," said Strickland.
It's a new beginning for everyone. Sharon Smith of the Samaritan Center says this is much more than a structure.
"This is not just about giving a new home, but giving tools and skills to further go on," she said.
Smith says the Samaritan Center will follow up with help and counseling. The young people will benefit from mentoring and a special program at Chattanooga State.
"I helped put them through school, hoping they'll go to college and make a good life for themselves," said Strickland.
She is very grateful and is already hoping to one day be able to help others.
The Samaritan Center is a social service agency that provides emergency help for those in need.
Partnering agencies included