Every homecoming is emotional, but the experience was even more touching for this Michigan single mother and her four kids as they were given a tour of their new home — fully furnished thanks to a local charity — after three years of homelessness.
“Oh my gosh,” the family of five took turns exclaiming as they held their hands over their mouths in disbelief.
Lamanda Brown, 29, of Detroit and her four kids, aged 2, 5, 7 and 11, were given the surprise of their life when, as they transitioned to public housing after years of being homeless, they walked through a fully furnished home, all donated and decorated by non-profit Humble Design.
“I’m still trying to get them used to sleeping in their beds,” Brown told InsideEdition.com. “From time to time, they’re still sleeping on the floor. When I see that I want to cry, because this is what I did.”
For the last three years, Brown and her four children have been homeless, and bouncing between relatives’ homes and the shelter.
“There were times I wanted to give up,” Brown told InsideEdition.com, “but I kept my composure and moved on to the next situation. I [had to] do it for my babies.”
When the shelter gave her family a deadline to move out and find new housing, Brown said her caseworker approached her and promised to find her a home by the end of the week.
Sure enough, Brown and her four young kids moved into their new, fully-furnished home last month.
Brown gasped as she looked around her fully stocked kitchen, as her kids explored their new bedroom furniture, according to a video licensed by Caters News.
Julia Nagle, the director of Humble Design, explained to InsideEdition.com that the organization works with eight shelters in the area, and decorate as many as three public homes a week for families transitioning out of shelters.
“They have nothing,” Nagle said. “They are sleeping on the floor with the clothes on their back.”
Each team is assigned a family, and after they meet the families to discuss what sorts of furniture or toys they want in their home, they rummage through a warehouse of donated goods and come up with a collection of things for their new homes.
“If the boy wants superheroes, we give them a superhero bedroom,” Nagle said. “If the girl wants Frozen, we give them a Frozen bedroom.”
For Brown, the most special thing about moving into their new home was that her eldest son, Lamond, 11, who sobbed during the big reveal, was able to take the burden of having to take care of his younger siblings off his shoulders.
“He’s hanging out with kids in the neighborhood, participating in different things,” Brown explained. “It makes me happy that he wants to be a kid again, instead of trying to be the big man.”
She explained Lamond is now running for positions in student council, and winning talent shows. His grades have also been steadily rising since moving into the home.