Emily Build, born of tragedy 13 years ago, caps mother’s recovery in time for holidays

Melanie Moss and her two children, Jake and Katherine, celebrated this Christmas in a new Fuller Center for Housing home in Bossier City, Louisiana — the 59th house dedicated by The Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana. It was something Melanie never thought possible when she was in the depths of drug addiction, but this Bossier City home is a symbol of her recovery and redemption.

The home, sponsored by First Bossier Church, also represents endurance of the spirit. The Emily Build honors Emily Perdue, a service-minded girl who was killed in a 2006 car wreck at the age of 16 along with two close friends Katy Watkins and Molly Reed, who also have homes built in their memories in Bossier City. Emily’s parents were tearful but joyous on Saturday as they handed a Bible and house keys to Melanie. “We’re just glad that so much good has come out of something so tragic as our daughter’s death,” Danny Perdue told the crowd gathered at the dedication.

KTAL-TV has complete coverage of this emotional dedication in the report below:

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