The first Habitat for Humanity home in Redford Township will be for a family dealing with tragedy
REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich.(WXYZ) – Friday volunteers will break ground on the first Habitat for Humanity home in Redford Township. The home on Berwyn Street is being built for a single mother of four children from Inkster who has been dealing with financial hardships and fierce grief.
Angela Jackson’s husband Anthony was acting as a Good Samaritan when he was murdered October 5, 2009. He gave a ride to a woman who had flagged him down on the expressway. The woman told authorities she had been beaten and that her attacker followed them, rammed Anthony’s car, then started beating Anthony with a tire iron. He died from his injuries. The woman was in a coma for a time. She survived.
“At one point I couldn’t even get up in the morning. I had to take months off of work to just try to really get my thoughts together,” said Angela Jackson.
The loss is still hard for her family to bear. Adding to the grief is the financial strain since Anthony’s death. He had worked two jobs to help support the family.
Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids assisted her with some basic needs and then referred her to Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County.
She qualified to become a Habitat homeowner. That means she will work a minimum of 250 sweat equity volunteer hours, submit an earnest money deposit, pay property taxes and homeowners insurance, and pay a 20-year, zero-percent mortgage on her new home.
The 1200-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 1-and-a-half bathroom ranch will be dedicated on October 4, 2010. Ironically, that is one day before the anniversary of Anthony Jackson’s murder.
“October 4th is World Habitat Day, and all affiliates were asked to provide a significant event that they can highlight that day,” said Alice Dent, Habitat for Humanity Western Wayne County Executive Director.
“I thought that Angela Jackson’s build would be great for a dedication ceremony. It falls in line with the build schedule. And… I didn’t know that the next day was the one year anniversary of her husband’s death,” explained Dent.
Angela is already putting in her sweat equity hours. Some of her girls are volunteering a bit themselves.
“It’s fun,” said Cadrea Hodges, Angela’s 17-year-old daughter. “I like it. It’s a new experience. I never thought I’d be building on anything.”
There are certainly more smiles these days for Angela Jackson as she picks up the pieces to build a new life.
“There’s hope,” said Jackson. “There’s truly hope.”