As a single mother of two children, Amanda had to work above and beyond full-time hours just to pay the rent on a home that she shared with two other roommates. Constantly working overtime left her exhausted and with little time to spend with Isabelle (age 9) and Michael (age 8). A lack of privacy also meant that Amanda and her children never truly felt ‘at home’.
It was Amanda’s landlord who suggested she contact Habitat for Humanity. After applying, she was approved to become a future Habitat homeowner. That’s when the work began.
Habitat for Humanity homeowners are required to put in 500 hours of ‘sweat equity’ in lieu of a down payment. This time is spent volunteering for Habitat by building their own or another family’s home, working at the ReStore, or completing a variety of other other tasks.
While it was challenging for Amanda to balance her shift work with the added responsibility of sweat equity, she found enjoyment in completing her volunteer hours. It was especially meaningful to her as she took pride in working on her own home. She helped paint the home, lay the flooring, and build the deck.
Amanda’s family also stepped up to provide her support, with her mom and grandma assisting with childcare as Amanda completed her hours. Her grandma also volunteered to provide cooking and baking for fellow volunteers—something that everyone on the build site looked forward to!
Now that Amanda is settled into her Habitat home, she no longer has to work overtime to provide a safe home for her children. Her Habitat mortgage ensures affordable monthly payments set according to her income. Working regular hours gives her more quality time with Isabelle and Michael—the thing that all three of them longed for the most.
She also looks forward to being able to afford to enroll her kids into after school activities. Amanda’s face lights up when she talks about the opportunities in her children’s future that previously were not an option.
Now I can say ‘yes’ when my kids ask about extracurricular activities. We’ll finally have a budget for that,” says Amanda. “I’m already looking into music lessons for Isabelle and beginning to collect sports equipment for Michael.”
For Amanda’s family, homeownership means a private, peaceful space for the family to grow together. Space for Isabelle to create the arts and crafts she loves so much and for Amanda to tend to her own garden. The space for all three of them to enjoy Friday family movie nights together. With increased financial security and stability, Amanda can finally enjoy her family time without the constant worry of the future.
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