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In 2015, Gina made the difficult decision to leave an unhealthy marriage. After facing domestic violence, she quickly found herself in a women’s shelter, with nowhere else to turn.
“We left with nothing but two backpacks of clothing to our names and our love for each other. I felt isolated and alone, but I knew that what I was doing was best for my children and for myself.”
For the past two years, Gina has been working in customer service at a local insurance company. And while Gina and her kids felt fortunate as their lives began to stabilize, everyday life still had challenges.
It was a moment that Gina describes as “a light in the darkness for us.”
“When I found out about Habitat, it was like a ray of sunshine. I had been trying so hard for so long, and felt like it didn’t matter how hard I tried, it just wasn’t enough. I would never be able to move into a place big enough for our family, save for a down payment or retire someday.”
But that hopelessness soon turned into joy and excitement, as they were approved to purchase a Habitat home.
“I am so happy that Audrey is still young enough that one day she will be able to say, ‘I grew up in that house’,” Gina says. "And Sam will now have her own space to study, play the ukulele and ‘just be’.”