URBANA, Ill. - URBANA - A family has a new home just in time for the holidays.
Champaign County's Habitat for Humanity dedicated its 95th house this week. This one came with extra features, all for one very deserving family.
Homeowner Lori Empson says the process didn't take long, but it wasn't easy.
"I had to work full-time, over-time at my job, and then do work here too," she says.
Empson's Habitat for Humanity house took some extra work to get things ready for her seven-year-old. He has a rare disorder, just discovered at the end of last year. The disorder stunts his growth and affects his vision and liver. Despite that, his mom says he tries to do things for himself. Their new house will help him with that. There are lower light switches, low railings in his bedroom and the hallways and an accessible bathroom.
"This house will work out beautifully for him because we don't know what to expect in the future, so hopefully he'll grow," says Empson.
Habitat workers say it's small touches like those that can make a difference.
"His independence makes him happier and healthier," says Sheila Dodds, Habitat's executive director.
Because they know those small touches are important, they added another before the family moved in - a decorated Christmas tree. It's a surprise Empson wasn't expecting, but the finishing touch to a bright future.
"This is definitely a wonderful Christmas gift and will make for an excellent New Year," says Empson.