JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - For one Jackson family, Sunday marks the beginning of a better life.
Amanda Mathews and her daughter Ava stepped into their finished brand new home in Jackson.
Mathews said she and her daughter have struggled to find a permanent home to where they could settle into in the recent past.
Thanks to volunteer efforts and help from Habitat for Humanity and Thrivent Financial, her dream became a reality.
"It's been a difficult road," Mathews said. "It's great to have a place and be able to be stable and have something for her to look up to."
This especially is a milestone for Mathews and her daughter as they have worked tirelessly helping volunteers build her home over the last several months.
"It gives us gratitude on something that we own," Mathews said.
"I feel we will take more care of it, better care of it. Because we took the effort and the time and the sweat to build it."
On Sunday, Habitat for Humanity, Thrivent Financial and other Cape Girardeau area organizations and volunteers came together to hold a ribbon cutting for the home to celebrate.
Many volunteers put in hundreds of hours of time to construct the home which started in June this year.
For Mathews, she also helped out by putting in over 300 hours of sweat equity in helping to build it.
The partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and Thrivent Financial has resulted in this home being the 3,500 home around the world being built or repaired since 2005.
As everyone celebrated today at the home, Ava had some time to go inside and play in her new room a little and got better acquainted with her new home.
"I can't even explain it. I'm so excited," Mathews said. "It means a lot to me just have a yard for her to play in and a place to roam. A place to be able to sit on my porch and just read out on the patio. I'm just grateful and excited for it."