January 15, 2020
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.