By: Jillian Wilson
Rita Ramos has been working her heart out to earn a house from habitat for humanity.
Today, dozens of folks helped Rita turn that house into her new home.
"I cannot even describe the excitement, the blessing that we have received, great Christmas present, finally having a home," says Rita Ramos.
This morning, folks from habitat handed off the keys to Rita's new pad.
Her daughter says she can't believe it.
"Oh my gosh! It's amazing. I haven't seen it before, like completed. Words can't even begin to describe how I feel. I'm just so grateful. It's amazing," says Sydnee Cosner, Rita's daughter.
But it was Rita's work ethic that really stuck out to people around her.
"I can remember one day last winter, I looked out my office window and she was shoveling a path to my car. She just goes above and beyond. That's just how she is," says Douglas Nelson, director of development, HFHQC.
Rita worked way past the 250 hours required.
She spent almost 500 hours mowing lawns, cleaning offices, even volunteering at the habitat restore.
Her kids Sydnee and Tyler, say they are so proud of their mom.
"I was tearing up because I thought my mom is so amazing, she gave her life basically up for habitat and this house, it's amazing," says Sydnee.
"I'm happy that my mom spent so much time and all these people are supporting us helping us and I think it's really helpful for our family," says Tyler Cosner, Rita's son.
Habitat for humanity is already working on new projects to help families like Rita's have homes.