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Kimberly Houk ReportingThe community of Sandy came together today to present a single mother and her four children with their newly remodeled home.
After condemning the house a police officer decided to do something about it, and, for the past three months has been working hard organizing some help and turning the run down house into a home.
This is the newly remodeled home Traci Hamiliton and her four children moved into today. But this home didn't use to look like this.
Phil Hoover, Sandy City Police: “Just about every wall had holes that were from violence. There were doors that were kicked in so many times beyond repair."
Evidence left behind by Traci’s husband who left the family three years ago. Officers condemned the home in May.
Traci Hamiliton, Mother: “I always had a home for them to live. I was afraid of having to go to a shelter."
But instead of going to a shelter Traci and her family moved in with relatives while many volunteers and one determined police officer went to work fixing the home.
The volunteers spent most of their time in the kitchen, putting in new cabinets and even installing a new dishwasher.
Traci Hamiliton, Mother: “The kitchen was falling apart. It was the most expensive. To see this when I came in, it was like oh my gosh real cabinets - doors that open all the way (laughs)."
Volunteer painters, electricians, and landscapers worked together transforming this place into a home the Hamilton family could be proud of.
Volunteer: “It's a really good feeling helping the kids out and a single mother."
Phil Hoover, Sandy City Police: "It was just an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment. I was very proud of being a police officer today. "
Traci Hamiliton, Mother: “I knew there was good in the world, but I never thought it would come to me and my family."