Holly and Raymond Bixby, along with their five children, were without a home in 2015 when Raymond lost his job and employee housing on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation due to a back injury.
Tuesday morning, the Bixbys received the keys to their very own home and the sense of security they lost over two years ago.
"Becoming a homeowner gives us a sense of relief, security and peace of mind for the future of our kids," Holly Bixby said. "Don't ever give up; be patient and persistent until the end; you'll learn a lot about yourself along the way."
The Habitat for Humanity project to get the home rehabilitated for the Bixbys took 128 individual volunteers 891 work hours to complete. After years as renters, the family will be able to purchase their like-new home with a low-interest mortgage through the Montana Board of Housing.
"Today's ceremony is an important reminder of the hard work volunteers and families put into strengthening our communities." Lt. Gov Mike Cooney said. "Our communities and economy are stronger when hard-working families like the Bixbys have an affordable place to call home."
The lieutenant governor, as well as Mike and Kevin Wall from Power Townsend, ceremonially handed over the keys and a hammer to the Bixby Family outside the Billings Avenue home Tuesday morning.
"It feels so wonderful," Raymond Bixby said. "We never thought we would ever be in the position of owning our own house."