Erika Hall and her daughter, Amaya, have traveled a pretty rough road over the last couple of years. Erika’s husband and Amaya’s father, Jimmy, passed away unexpectedly a little over two years ago. After the great loss, the two moved in with Erika’s mother in Marion, WI. What was intended to be a temporary situation lasted much longer. Her mom, diagnosed with MS since Erika was 10, was unexpectedly sent into the Theda Clark ICU with complications from the disease.
“My sister, aunt, stepfather and I pretty much moved into the ICU during that time, while Amaya spent most of her time with her Grandma Margaret in Neenah.” After a long five weeks, Erika’s mother passed. “When you suffer such devastating losses in such a short period of time, things start to feel pretty bleak.”
But things wouldn’t be bleak for long. Erika couldn’t have found a more kind and supportive sponsor and group of volunteers through J. J. Keller & Associates.
“Anyone could see from reading Erika and Amaya’s story that they are deserving of the Habitat for Humanity cause.” Said project coordinators Robert Lemke and Kimberly Reoh. “What you couldn’t know, unless you saw them address the crowded auditorium of volunteers and sponsors, is how courageous they are. It was a humbling experience hearing Erika speak, but it was also a learning experience as well. Up until now we thought that we were just building them a house. By the time she was done it really hit home that we were going to be creating stability for them that hasn’t existed in their lives for a long time. Something that means so much more to them than all of the wood, glass and drywall. We feel honored to have the opportunity to help in whatever small way we can.”
The support of J. J. Keller, paired with the opportunity provided by Habitat for Humanity, is a light at the end of the tunnel for the Hall’s. The family’s partnership with Habitat will help provide a stable foundation with roots in a great community to continue the healing process and begin rebuilding their lives.
“Habitat is giving us something to look forward to, and it’s making us excited for the future. It’s going to give us so much more than the ability to buy a house- it’s going to give us security and stability, and a sense of comfort that comes from knowing you have a permanent place in the world.”
The Hall Family will dedicate their home this summer. Stay tuned to Facebook.com/FoxCitiesHabitat for dedication dates and times.