Cieara Prazuch and her children get a peek at their furnished home Aug. 24.

Cieara Prazuch and her children get a peek at their furnished home Aug. 24.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes


There’s no place like home for Roseville family

By: Maria Allard | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2021

 Retired National Football League player Warrick Dunn greets Cieara Prazuch and her children as they get the keys to their new home Aug. 24 in Roseville.

Retired National Football League player Warrick Dunn greets Cieara Prazuch and her children as they get the keys to their new home Aug. 24 in Roseville.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE — Cieara Prazuch’s children kept reminding their mom not to cry, but she promised they were “happy tears.”

During a ceremony held the morning of Aug. 24, Prazuch became emotional when she and her four children moved into their brand-new home made possible through Macomb County Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity, known internationally, builds affordable homes around the world in partnership with families who are in need of a place to live. Habitat homebuyers help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

After being in and out of the program for seven years, Prazuch and her kids — Jordyn, 9; James, 7; Carmen, 5; and Marcell, 3 — now have a place to call home. Their new house includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a family room and a laundry room.

“It’s amazing. I’m just very thankful for everybody here,” said Prazuch, a single mother who works full time as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. She put 250 volunteer hours into Habitat to stay in the program. “You have to put volunteer hours in, and you are required to put some of the down payment.”

Several people involved with the project were there to greet the Prazuch family, including retired National Football League player Warrick Dunn, whose charity, Warrick Dunn Charities Inc., provided the family with a surprise $5,000 down-payment assistance check. WDC is based in Decatur, Georgia.

In addition, the house was fully furnished through the Aaron’s Co. The lease-to-own retailer based in Atlanta provided $10,000 worth of furnishings for Prazuch’s new home.

The new home marked the 194th home celebration from WDC. The nonprofit organization identifies single parents across the country and helps them achieve their goal of first-time homeownership as part of its “Homes for the Holidays” program.

According to the website wdc.org, Dunn was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as the oldest of six to his single mother, Betty Smothers. His mother, a police officer, was ambushed and killed while escorting a businesswoman to make a night deposit Jan. 7, 1993. Warrick was 18 when his mom died, and he then raised his siblings. Dunn founded the Homes for the Holidays program to fulfill his mother’s dream of home ownership for single-parent families.

“We just want to welcome Cieara and her four kids. She’s excited about the opportunity this morning,” Dunn said. “I want to thank all the partnerships and the volunteers. We also have sponsors that support our organization. We’ve been partners with Aaron’s 17 years. They make dreams come true. I’m grateful for that.”

Macomb County Habitat for Humanity President and CEO Helen Hicks also welcomed the crowd. She said that each time she brings a family to their new home, “they start praying to God.”

During the morning, the crowd toured the new home. There was food in the kitchen cabinets, toys, supplies in the laundry room, a living room set, paintings and more.

“I want to stay here forever,” one of Prazuch’s children said.

Something hard to miss was the fresh apple pie in the middle of the kitchen table.

“My mom liked apple pie, so we left apple pie,” Dunn said.

“I just want to thank everyone for everything they did,” Prazuch said.

During the ceremony, Macomb County Habitat for Humanity Volunteer Relations Manager Dave Tirsell sang a blessing to welcome the family to their new home.

Dunn played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Atlanta Falcons between 1997 and 2008.

For more information on Macomb County Habitat for Humanity, visit macombhabitat.org.

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