The House that Built Me

January 05, 2022
In March of 2010, country music singer Miranda Lambert released a single that charted number one titled “The House that Built Me." It has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it! The song’s opening line is, “I know they say you can’t go home again, but I just had to come back one last time.” However, one FPSL family did go home again, and this time to stay.

DeeAnna and Clark were evicted from their home in October and were suddenly without shelter. They have two girls and one boy ages 11, 9, and 4. They didn’t know where to turn for help. Even though they had acquired a Section 8 housing voucher, they were unable to find available units. Thanks to recent funding from a Salt Lake County Emergency Solutions Grant, FPSL was able to place them a motel for several weeks. Working with FPSL Case management and staff, DeeAnna and Clark finally found a new home in West Valley City! But wait, there is more!

When DeeAnna looked at the address, she was in shock. The home they were able to secure was the home that built her. That’s right, their new West Valley City home is the very house DeeAnna was raised in as a child! Miraculously, DeeAnna and her family were able to move in and celebrate Christmas in their new place!
Said DeeAnna, “I tucked my son in the other night. His new bedroom was my bedroom when I was his age. If it weren’t for Family Promise, I don’t know what we would have done. Being able to stay in the motel allowed me the time to search and apply for housing. Otherwise, we would have spent that time looking for a couch to sleep on or a shelter to stay in. We got the house two days before Christmas! I still can’t believe it!”

Miranda Lambert’s “The House that Built Me” goes on to say, “I thought if I could touch this place or feel it, this brokenness inside me might start healing.” Well, that wish became a reality for DeeAnna, Clark, and their kids.

As one of over 200 affiliates across the country, FPSL is proud to assist unsheltered families to find sustainable housing. We believe that having children and their parents/guardians in stable housing creates a safe and healthy environment for families to flourish.

By Rev. Brian Diggs

Photo Credit:  Rev. Brian Diggs