In the next three years, 47 families will see their lives change drastically.

Not long ago, the McLean family received keys to their new Habitat house, and Thursday’s Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s sod-turning at the Anderson Garden site brought tears to their eyes.

“I have three children and we were living in subsidized housing in not a very good neighbourhood,” said Stacey McLean.

“Now I have a sense of family, a sense of belonging and you no longer fear to let your kids play outside.”

The donated building site saw dozens of dignitaries, board members, sponsors, volunteers and future Habitat families out celebrating the project.

Yassin, who has a wife and five children, was happy his family could now have a house that will be more wheelchair assessable for one of his children.

The Anderson Gardens will help the group reach its goal of building 100 homes per year by 2012.