Akisha’s new Habitat home sets an example for her daughters
Anyone who has volunteered on a Habitat for Humanity build knows that building a house is hard work. We go home with sore muscles, but when we are working together to build affordable housing, we also go home with smiles on our face, knowing we did good work.
New homeowner Akisha went home with a smile on her face after every build day. It’s those smiles that will stick in her memories, not the aching back. Akisha dedicated her new home this week. When we asked her what it was like to build her own home, she told us simply, “I loved it!”
Akisha documented every step of the build with photographs, and she already knows where she is going to frame and hang a collage of those photos, along with a blueprint of the house.
Akisha decided to partner with Habitat so she could provide a better environment for her daughters, Tylia, 14, and Breanna, 11. The family has been living in income-based housing, in a neighborhood with a lot of drug activity and violence. When repairs were needed, it was difficult to get them addressed.
But there is another reason why building her own home was so important to Akisha. As a single mom working two jobs, she wanted to show her daughters they can work to accomplish their goals.
“I wanted to show my two girls that, whether you’re married or not, you can do it on your own,” Akisha said. “I’m teaching them to walk by faith and not by sight. I’m showing them how to stand on their own two feet.
At Sunday’s dedication, Akisha and her daughters had both smiles and tears as they marked this step to a more secure future. Akisha is looking forward to more memories made together in their new home.
“This is where we’re going to cry our tears, have happy times, share family time and grow together,” she said.
Even Santa knows affordable housing matters
We all know that Santa keeps a very busy schedule this time of year. But that didn’t stop him from taking some time out to have breakfast with local families and support Our Towns Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing mission.
Every year, Birkdale Village and Red Rocks Cafe generously host a “Breakfast with Santa” event as a fundraising benefit for our affordable housing programs. Boys and girls on Santa’s Nice list come out with their parents and grandparents to enjoy a buffet breakfast, while getting to meet Santa. This year, Santa brought along two of his elves, who entertained everyone by juggling and making balloon animals.
Photos from the event available for download on the Birkdale Village Facebook page.
Tickets for Breakfast with Santa go on sale every year near the end of October/early November. Only two seatings are offered, so space is limited. To be added to the email notification list when tickets go on sale next year, please email us.