If I hadn’t found Habitat, we would still
be in that one-bedroom apartment. And
it wasn’t the best of conditions.
was an old electric stove, and depending on what you were
doing, you’d get shocked. The dryer was always going out, and
we had to hang clothes all over the house. It seemed
really quiet when we were looking for a place, but then over
time, there was a lot of violence. There was actually a
homicide in our building. It’s those things that put a lot of
stress on people, and we were definitely feeling that.
didn’t think I was going to qualify. But they considered that a need:
four people in one bedroom, having the issues that we were
had no idea that I was capable of doing a lot
of the things we ended up doing.
I loved it.
almost a year, I was working seven days a week, plus doing
sweat equity. Depending on my shifts, I would work a morning
shift, then go to the Habitat ReStore and work an
evening shift there. Monday through Friday, I took Habitat
classes in the evening, and I put in my construction hours on
the weekends, every Saturday possible.
constructing the house, I got to know my neighbors. We built
each other’s homes, and you can’t get much closer than that.
The biggest difference overall is that
general sense of security. Just
knowing that it’s ours, and we make all the decisions — it’s
been really comforting for our family.
think the kids knowing that they won’t have to move is very
comforting. We’ve made a lot of moves over the years — 13, in
I know my son really
appreciates having his room. Having his space, his own room — he
really likes it a lot. He’s trying to convince me to turn the
basement into a room, which I don’t know if I’m keen on yet. But
it’s definitely a possibility. Just knowing that we have
possibilities, it’s really awesome.
know, I think I was more scared buying a car than buying the house.
the only reason for that was Habitat for Humanity. I feel really
comforted knowing that, if anything were to happen, Habitat
would work with me. So I didn’t feel scared, just willing.
I went to sign all the official paperwork, and they hand you the
real keys and the title and everything, that’s when I was
like, “This is happening.
is now my house, and these are my keys.” We moved in right away,
that next weekend, and even with boxes all over the place it
felt like, “This is my house.”
— Lindsay, Habitat homeowner