Hayley and Justin Marshall were “squished” together in the bathroom basement of their rental house when the tornado ripped through Gifford in November of 2013. The house was a complete loss leaving little that was salvageable. When it was all said and done, the Marshall’s and their three children (Hayley was 6 months pregnant) just “picked up, cut our losses”, and moved to another rental home in Ogden. Their new rental would be close to Justin’s job, at Rick’s Tractor Service and Hayley could continue to stay home with their children.
After seeing the Habitat rebuilding efforts in Gifford this past summer, they inquired about homeownership and were” thrilled to be accepted” as a 2015 Habitat partner family. “We really miss our school in Gifford; the teachers, principal and friends in the community”, says Hayley, and we can’t wait to come back “home” to Gifford.
Justin says, “I know at first I had a hard time considering any kind of help. When I understood that Habitat was a “hand up” not a hand out, I felt like I could accept that kind of help. They are getting support from family members to babysit the children while they each put in their 250 sweat equity hours on the house. The Marshalls’ have Blayton 7, Brilynn 5, Brennah 3, and Brody 11 months, who are talking excitedly about what their new bedrooms, might look like. Blayton is especially excited to get back to his friends and activities in Gifford.
Haley and Justin are excited to make new memories with a fresh start in Gifford. “I love to be involved at the school and in the community, says Hayley. Gifford is a very friendly town and has come together in a time of need. We hope we can help to pay it forward to others who still need support.”