'A Christmas miracle': Once homeless, a family finds a new home just in time for the holidays

Published: Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 04:59 PM.

“To me, this is truly a Christmas miracle,” he said. “I have a roof over my kid’s heads, new beds and fridge full of food.”

As the Tews had little to no belongings before moving in, the three-bedroom house was furnished with necessary items, "from beds right down to the toothpaste," Abbot said. Badcock Furniture played a major part in providing the big-ticket items.

While Val is depended on at home, if he were to need full-time employment, the Independent Living Program also helps provide job training working closely with Jobs Plus.

As the family is settling in to their new home, they've already begun to put some personal touches around the house, like framed pictures of the kids and even a string of Christmas lights on their front porch. Inside the home, on a typical Wednesday night, the kids are playing video games in the den while mom and dad tend to the house.

Being rightfully house-proud, Val is constantly cleaning around the home, Melissa said.

Through her experience, Melissa is inspired to pay it forward hoping to one day help other homeless families find their own Christmas miracles.

"My dream is to open a homeless shelter in Walton County — to help the homeless in Walton County — because they're here, but they're afraid of talking about it,” Melissa said.

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