In addition to discussing her small homestead, Houston spoke about her role as a Guardian ad Litem. This responsibility led her to cross paths with a young girl with profound medical and special needs who was on the brink of becoming a ward of the state.
Overwhelmed by the thought of the child never experiencing genuine affection from someone who wasn’t paid to care for her, Houston took a leap of faith. “I couldn’t handle it,” she said.
She made the monumental decision to welcome the girl into her family, describing the experience as reciprocal in blessings. “People always talk about how much of a blessing we are to her, but she is much more of a blessing to us,” Houston reflected.
Beyond her personal life, Houston has been instrumental in serving Lenoir County’s special needs community. She is the only certified car seat passenger safety (CPS) practitioner in the county specifically trained to handle children with special needs and special healthcare needs.
Her commitment to the community extends to teaching self-sufficiency through agriculture. For two decades, Houston has led the “Future Homesteaders 4H Club” in Lenoir County. The club underwent a significant transformation during the COVID-19 pandemic as people grappled with shortages and sought greater self-sustainability.
Her advice for individuals wanting to embark on a more self-sufficient journey was simple: “Start a garden. Start small.”
In a community filled with unsung heroes, April Houston stands out as a testament to perseverance, love, and the transformative power of giving back.