May 6, 2007: The Kilgallon Family
This week the team rolls into Levittown, Penn. I loved it there. Everyone was very proud of their homes and communities in Pennsylvania, and after spending some time there, it's obvious why. I could see why this family wanted to stay in that beautiful area.
This week was about a single mom, Marynoel, trying to make it while raising her four boys. Marynoel took her boys from a bad situation with their father and tried to start a new life. She was able to scrape together enough to purchase what she thought was a safe home in a beautiful neighborhood filled with other families and children. Unfortunately, harsh reality set in the moment they arrived. The home was infested with termites and would cost literally tens of thousands of dollars to repair and make livable. Marynoel has a wonderful spirit but she had been knocked down so many times she was starting to give up. It broke my heart to hear her stories of how she would hide in the car and cry so that the boys couldn't see. It was a lonely time for her, working two jobs, living in her parents' dining room, and she just couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. We had to help this family.
I was tasked with the design in the common areas of the home and 10-year-old Chris' room. Chris wants to be a magician, so I put together the most fun magic-themed room including a wand that operated all the lights and electronics. It's always so much easier having such a talented group building this home - McGrath Homes brought three generations of building experience to this family and they really made a stunning place.
Our goal this week was to give Marynoel the life that she and her boys deserve and really reward her for being a great mom. I think we were able to accomplish that. I really related to this story because I was raised by a single mom. I could feel the love; it really struck home. There is something so spectacular about a mother's love.