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THE ZALEWSKI FAMILYRobert, a single dad to two children, will be the future homeowner of a Habitat for Humanity home. Robert prides himself on being a hard worker and a contributing member of his community. He regularly volunteers at his church. Friends and community members describe Robert as an amazing father who is willing to do anything to provide for them. Robert tells us that owning a home has always been a dream and until recently thought it would only ever be a dream.
“Getting a home for my family would be my ultimate accomplishment, like when I found myself alone with my two kids and had to be both Dad and Mom to succeed. I would feel so good about myself, and this would change my life in so many ways. I would feel more independent, accomplished, and successful. The embarrassment I feel for not having a better home for my children would be gone. I have lived in the Lakeside community for a long time. This is my home and having a home of my own here would be a dream come true.”
A LOCAL FAMILYA single mother to two children, a son and daughter, will be the future homeowner of a Habitat for Humanity home. While she was pregnant with her daughter, she had to leave a dangerous marriage with just the clothes her and her son were wearing. They lost everything. She struggled to find a stable and affordable place to live. Her family is currently living in a home with a rotting structure, limited plumbing, dangerous electrical, and poorly insulated.
“Homeownership would mean everything to us. It would mean being able to provide my children a safe and loving place to call home. It would give them the stability and security that they haven’t had, but that I have dreamed of giving them. On a single income, it is difficult to find an affordable home. I want to show my kids that hard work and honesty can pay off. This home will mean we will have a place where we can start rebuilding our lives. We can create new, good memories, and have a safe place to play and grow. This means getting our lives back, having a future, having something to look forward to when we have lost all hope.”
THE WOOD FAMILYJonathan and Hosanna are parents to two daughters and two sons. Finding an affordable place to live has been difficult for this growing family. Becoming successful Habitat homeowners will give this family the opportunity to succeed and build a future for their family.
“Our family is very appreciative of the opportunity to own our own home. This will be such a blessing for us, and we are super thankful! The affordable mortgage will help us to financially get back on our feet. Our family is growing, and this home will give us the space our children need. Being homeowners, we will be responsible for the home and those responsibilities will also be good lessons for our children.”
THE ROWE FAMILYRichard and Angela are parents to 2 boys and 2 girls. They currently live in a small 2-bedroom apartment that unfortunately doesn’t have enough bedrooms for everyone. The boys sleep in the living room. Additionally, the neighborhood they live in has a lot of theft and drug use. Richard and Angela want nothing more than to provide for their kids and give them a safe and stable home. After just missing out on being selected as a partner family in 2018, Richard and Angela took the opportunity to refine their budget and improve their finances. When they reapplied in 2019, the growth they showed on their application made them a perfect candidate for homeownership with Habitat for Humanity.
“This means a lot to us. We are so thankful and appreciate the opportunity to have a home of our own. We are excited to help build our home and to help the other families with their homes too. We want our children to have somewhere stable and safe to call home. Right now, where we live, we don’t have enough room for all of us, meaning that our 2 boys sleep in the living room. To give them a room of their own would mean everything to us. We have worked very hard for this opportunity and are excited for what it will do for our family.”