Mother, son receive keys to Habitat for Humanity home

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. The North Platte Area Habitat for Humanity dedicated its first home on property across from Buffalo Elementary.

Shante Polanco and her son receive keys to their new home from Habitat for Humanity. (Source: Jace Barraclough/KNOP)

The land will be able to fit nine houses once it's developed.

Shante Polanco and her son are the neighborhood's first residents.

Polanco and her family put in over 400 hours of labor since last spring.

She said she's grateful to those who participated to help make it happen.

"It's just a blessing. I'm so happy we have all of these amazing people in our lives an the amazing volunteers from Habitat who are now friends and family," said Polanco.

It was Polanco's mother who inspired her to apply for Habitat for Humanity.

"My mom was pushing me to apply for three years. I never did it because I didn't think I'd qualify," she said.

Finally, Polanco took a leap of faith and applied. Her mother was so certain she'd be accepted, she told her she would pick out some paint for the house.

Sadly, her mother passed before the project began.

"Unfortunately we lost her a month later," said Polanco. "I think she had a big old smile on her face and was like, 'I told you!'"

The Polanco House is North Platte Area Habitat for Humanity's 55th home.

"The family that gets chosen has to have 400 hours of sweat equity hours," she explained. "I had 200 and then I also had friends and family that also needed to have 200 hours. So, it all combined into 400."

The next home to be dedicated is located 2 lots east.