Read Their Stories

Dedicating a new home is such a joyous event that we tend to forget about the uphill journey it takes our homeowners to reach this point. From the point a homeowner, like Shanrhonda, applies for our program until the day that we hand over the keys usually takes two years.

During those two years, our homeowners attend financial education classes, learn how to maintain their home, work in the office or ReStore, help build houses for other Habitat homeowners and then, finally, the finish line comes in sight when they are able to start building their very own home.

Tony and Margaret's new home represents hundreds of hours of hard work, but for them, it was worth every drop of sweat. For the first time, they will have a place to call their own—and their daughter Marilyn, 17, will have a room of her own.

Antonishia—or as she is better known, Pebbles—set a goal for herself to buy her own home by the age of 30. On March 7, we had the honor to dedicate her new home, which she helped build and will now buy with affordable mortgage, six months before her 31st birthday. Congratulations, Pebbles, for partnering with Habitat to accomplish this important goal.

Tiylisa’s journey to becoming a Habitat homeowner has truly been a family affair.

When she was accepted into our homeowner program, Tiylisa was initially ecstatic. “I could have done like 50 back flips,” she said.

But then she started to worry, fearing there was no way she would be able to complete her 400 sweat equity hours, while also working 12-hours shifts at NGK Ceramics.

Alternative Gift Guide

The benefit delivered to families that partner with Habitat for Humanity is very real.
  $10  Box of Nails   
  $35 Roof Shingles   
  $50  Low Flow Toilet   
  $75  Window   
  $100  Kitchen Sink   
  $150  Front Door   
  $500 Sliding  
  $1000  Wallboard   
  $2000  Flooring