Although, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers player Warrick Dunn has retired from the NFL, he has still found a way to bring joy to families in Florida.
With his nonprofit, Warrick Dunn Charities, and a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Dunn gave Latoya Reedy, single mother and her 18-year-old son a two-bedroom fully furnished home in St. Petersburg, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“Being a homeowner now, I can be at home,” LaToya, 39, told the newspaper after walking into the home for the first time.
Reedy was struggling to pay the bills as a nursing assistant, before receiving the keys to her new place. For nearly two years, she and her son, AnTrez Reedy, rotated sleeping on the bed in the bedroom they shared at her mother’s house.
“I can be at peace,” she told the Times of the special moment. “I can bring sweet memories to my house and I can have my family and my friends over. I have a home now, and that’s something that I’ve always wanted for my son, and for myself.”
“It’s been a long, hard journey,” LaToya added. “Struggle and sacrifices, but we made it.”
The former football star was inspired to help other single mothers after his mom, Betty Smothers, was shot to death at age 36 during a robbery, just days before Dunn was set to turn 18.
After that, Dunn cared for his five other siblings, taking up the many responsibilities his mom had held as a single parent.
“You have no choice but to mature. It wasn’t just about going to school and playing football anymore,” Dunn previously told PEOPLE. “My life became about five people.”
“She was compassionate, she was kind, she was helpful, thoughtful,” he added. “She was everything that I would want in my wife. I consider my mother to be superwoman.”