I have three smart, beautiful girls who are my heart and soul, but we’ve had our fair share of heartache and struggle. It’s been a challenge to raise three young ladies on my own and I’m sure will it continue to be in every way. Our lives have changed significantly over the past three years and we’ve lost a lot.
We’re currently living with my mother, who took us all in and helped us get through the tough times that we've overcome. I could not have regained the strength to continue without her support and the support of my family. We’ve been living in her basement for the past two and a half years – it’s been cramped and we’ve forever changed my mother’s way of life.
I first became aware of Habitat for Humanity through their volunteer program, but I was hesitant to step forward because I didn’t know if I could help others when I was still struggling to help my own family. I decided to look into volunteering anyway, and that’s when I saw the opportunity to apply for their home ownership program. When I received information back on my application I was ecstatic but nervous, and with the completion of each step of the process it became more real and exciting.
To be part of this process has been something more special and amazing than I’d thought was possible. Soon, my mother will have her home back and a burden will be lifted from her shoulders.
To own a home – not for me, but for my kids – will be the most amazing feeling. It will be a sanctuary for them, a place to put down roots and grow in a safe and stable environment, and we’ll be around other families looking for the same thing. I honestly feel that all the hard work I’ve already put in and all the hard work to come is going to pay off for my family.
I can’t wait to see and feel all the emotions that will come the first time my daughters sleep in their own beds in their own home. I can’t express the amount of gratitude I have for Habitat for Humanity and all the people who make things like this possible.