POTTSTOWN, Pa. (WTXF) - A widower, a cancer survivor, a volunteer and, now, a Habitat for Humanity recipient. This is the story of a woman who will be home - in her own home - for the holidays.
A homecoming 20 years in the making for Wendy Cangialosi. Widowed at 35, single mother, cancer survivor, she has seen hard times. Now with help from Habitat for Humanity, Wendy is home for the holidays. The proud new homeowner of a beautiful Pottstown residence, built and restored by volunteers and Wendy herself.
"Even just the physical work that it took for me to go up and down ladders or stairs carrying things really helped me heal and get stronger again," Wendy said.
The home building happening just as Wendy was pronounced cancer free.
"It had ne involved in things bigger than myself. It forces me outside of myself," Wendy explained.
"She has grit. I love that about her," Habitat MontDelco CEO Marianne Lynch quipped.
Lynch says clients like Wendy are educated about the ins and outs of owning a home and managing a mortgage. They also build bonds with their neighbors. At Wendy's dedication, dozens of organizations and local leaders like the mayor wishing her well.
"It's important for us to look at the whole spectrum from financial literacy to homeownership to community building and, from there, it really does blossom and expand out to the whole community," explained Lynch.
With a final blessing, making it clear there is truly no place like home. Especially one built with so much love.
"This is Habitat for Humanity's 84th home in Montgomery and Delaware Counties. They're hoping to build half a dozen more in 2019. And, they're looking for donations in the holiday season. They want to make as many people as possible homeowners.
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