Homeless man and twin daughters receive new home in time for Christmas
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A Kansas City man and his twin daughters have a new place to call home this holiday season. A special ceremony was held Tuesday morning at the Marlborough Community Center -- where Artis Rollins found out the big news.
"I thought we were just coming for an interview, I thought maybe it was just another interview to see if I qualify for the house," Rollins said.
He was shocked when he walked into the ceremony.
"As a surprise, and an early Christmas present, please come forward and receive the keys to your new home," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders, who presented Rollins with the keys.
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"What is going on, what is going on here, I had no idea," Rollins added about how surprised he was at that moment.
Rollins is the recipient of the seventh Constructing Futures house.
"The three goals that are so important to us in this project, in these projects, to improve local neighborhoods, to provide affordable housing, and to enhance the employability of those that we serve," said Brad Lambert the COO and co-founder of Connections to Success.
Sanders launched the Constructing Futures program in 2008 to address those three issues.
"But beyond that, in the immediacy for the holiday seasons, by changing a family's life and their trajectory," added Sanders.
"We moved here from Minnesota, and basically we were homeless, and sleeping in a car, and every now and then we could go over a siblings house," Rollins said. "It bothered me, because I have my daughters, I don't worry about me... it's them that I worry about, because they keep me going, so I wanted to make sure that I could find shelter for them."
Rollins works two jobs to support his family. He and his twin daughters now have a new place to call home.
"Heartwarming, it's a blessing, it's really a blessing," said Rollins, "This is the best Christmas in the world, I couldn't ask for anything else, I am so happy."
Rollins says he thanks God and everyone who helped make this happen. He says he wants to pay it forward and help with the next house.
If you'd like to help the Rollins family, send donations to Housing Solutions Center, 14444 E. 8th Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64106. You can call 816-842-1199 x 103 and as for Kaity Claren.
The family was in need of bed frames and mattresses (1 Queen, 2 Twin), as they've been sleeping on air mattresses. They are also in need of assistance to get their car fixed. The engine went out and one estimate was for $1,100. They have received some assistance with that already, but will still need to come up with $700.
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