Determination Led Fabiola to Become Homeowner

Fabiola celebrates new Habitat home

Fabiola is not the kind of person who lets obstacles stand in the way of achieving her goals.

She was still in high school when she had her first child, and had to quit school so she could work and support her baby. But she knew need a high school diploma for better job opportunities, so two years ago, Fabiola earned her GED–while working two jobs, as a single mom of three boys.

But Fabiola also knew need to do more to build a better future for her boys. She couldn’t keep paying rent that was too high for an apartment that was too small. So she decided to knock that obstacle out of the way, too.

Knowing nothing about Habitat for Humanity as an organization, she took a chance and stopped in our office on her way home from work. She had noticed our street sign advertising home ownership programs. She acted on faith and walked through the front door for information.

Once Fabiola qualified for our homeownership program, there were more obstacles to overcome. Still working two jobs, and expecting her fourth child, Fabiola worked hard to earn her sweat equity hours. She earned many of those hours assisting in our office, and became a familiar face to many of us.

Her oldest son, Christopher, now 15, helped out by watching the younger boys—Jose, 10, Diego, 8, and baby Luis.

When work began on her new home, Fabiola faced the obstacles of home construction with the same resolve she used to get her GED. Fabiola says that roofing—a task many people are afraid to tackle—was her favorite part of building her house.

“At first I was kind of scared, but then I got used to it and it was so much fun,” she told us. “It made me feel like I was really doing something to build my house.”

Fabiola’s determination comes from a desire to show her boys they can accomplish anything they set their mind to.

Fabiola has done just that, as she celebrates buying her first home. She will move her four boys from a small two-bedroom apartment to this beautiful new, four-bedroom home. We celebrate this milestone thanks to Fabiola’s commitment to partner with Habitat, and thanks to the commitment of volunteers and donors who also partnered with Habitat to ensure everyone can have a decent, affordable place to live.