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A mother’s prayer is answered

November 18, 2018

DIXON – Fighting to hold back tears, Lori Spotts read a short passage from Scripture that captured her feelings in realizing her family’s long-held dream of having a house to call their own.

She shared the words from Mark 11:24 that have given her so much strength: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Spotts, 47, on Sunday received keys to the 26th home built by Dixon Habitat for Humanity. After an open house and dedication ceremony, she was still trying to come to terms with such a huge change in her family’s life.

“This is just surreal,” Spotts said. “It’s been a long road and a lot of hard work, but it’s very gratifying.”

The new build at 320 Custer Ave. will be home to three of her four children, Deston, Braden and Brianna. Her oldest child, 22-year-old Destinee, is now on her own.

The timing couldn’t be better for Spotts, an employee of the Jack Mabley Developmental Center.

“I’m looking forward to spending a lot of family time in this home, and now I have enough room to get everyone together for the holidays,” Spotts said.

The holiday theme was consistent throughout the process – the family celebrated Mother’s Day weekend by breaking ground on the home.

Michael Cole, pastor of the Worship Center in Dixon, blessed the home, and the traditional Habitat housewarming gift – a Bible – was given to the family.

“It’s easy to bless brick and mortar, but as Lori’s pastor, it’s an honor to bless a home and the beautiful family that will live in it,” Cole said.

The event was also an emotional one for new local Habitat for Humanity President Brad Hunsberger. While he has volunteered with the organization for many years, his first dedication as its leader took the excitement to another level. But not ones to rest on their laurels, the volunteers are already gearing up for the next project.

“We have three more lots available on this block, but the next home probably will be built somewhere on Sheridan Avenue,” Hunsberger said.

Clara Harris, chairwoman for family support, hopes to have another May groundbreaking, but the last two application rounds failed to yield an eligibile candidate. No deadline has been set for choosing the next prospective homeowner.

Applications are available by writing PO Box 11, Dixon, IL 61021; or at First Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Third St. in Dixon; the local organization’s website at DHFH.org; or the Lee County Council on Aging at 100 W. Second St. in Dixon.

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