“Making a house a home, that’s what it’s all about.” Local teacher receives gift of a lifetime


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – With the holidays upon us, it’s a time to give back. Today community members offered a helping hand to a very deserving recipient. The local teacher is receiving the gift of a lifetime.

Let’s begin at 2128 Arleth Street.

“Making a house a home, that’s what it’s all about,” said Adominique Gunn.

That’s where Gunn hammers away.

“It has been a long journey to get a home of my own. This means so much to me,” said Gunn. “I’m fighting tears every time I think about that because being able to give my children a home where they have their own backyard, it’s difficult,” said Gunn.

She puts everything into her students and kids’ lives to make them better.

“As a single parent I am honored and blessed to do something like this. They gave me the opportunity to do something like this,” said Gunn.

Habitat for Humanity builds houses for low-income families. This local teacher is the 66th recipient of a Habitat home in the Wabash Valley.

“Everyone should have that affordable house. Everybody deserves the opportunity to have a home of their own,” said Heidi Mitchell, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Coordinator.

The not for profit relies entirely on volunteers to build the projects. Gunn’s friends, family and coworkers spent hours building the walls to her new home. Even some of her students got involved.

“I feel like giving this home to her and helping her with this house, I feel like it’s just going to help put her at ease and know her kids are safe and have a place to stay,” said Kim Sanchez, Terre Haute North Vigo High School Senior.

“I feel loved today. This is not something easy to ask people to come do so for them to come out here and do it for you,” said Gunn. “It’s awesome. It’s the best feeling in the world.”

As the volunteers continue to work the sun will keep shining.

“To be able to come out and throw a football around in our own yard means the world to me,” said Gunn.

Reminding Gunn and the community it’s the little things that make life a whole lot brighter.

If you’d like to be a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, click here: http://www.wvh4h.org/volunteer.html