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This Habitat Family is Home for the Holidays

Tanya and her children have finally come home.

After years of hard work, struggling to pay the bills, putting herself through nursing school, and raising her children as a single parent, this mom has finally achieved the American dream: a home for her family. Thanks to the generous support of the community, on June 6, 2020, Tanya and her kids moved into their brand-new Habitat home. Tanya was quick to say, “Now we have a place of our very own we can come home to each day. It is safe and clean, and in a neighborhood where my kids are welcome, and where they are developing a sense of security. And now, my six-year-old can attend his entire elementary education at the same school.”

Every child deserves a safe place to grow.

When asked to describe the impact Habitat homeownership has had on her family, Tanya was quick to say, “Now we have a place of our very own we can come home to each day. It is safe and clean, and in a neighborhood where my kids are welcome, and where they are developing a sense of security. And now, my six-year-old can attend his entire elementary education at the same school.”

Tanya believes Habitat for Humanity has helped instill in her children Austin, Mercedez, Eathan, Owen, Issak, and Grayson the value of volunteering and being involved in their community. Painting, landscaping, and helping at events has taught her children the importance of investing in where they live.

Every home can be the foundation for lifelong learning.

Children, like Tanya’s, who grow up in Habitat homes, learn valuable lessons in self-worth and hard work. Homeownership gives families a sense of dignity, encourages independence, inspires hope – and offers a place of refuge like nowhere else can. Children who grow up in Habitat homes also learn valuable lessons in “paying it forward,” and many go on to earn college degrees they use to serve the communities where they grew up.

Every family deserves a healthy place to call home.

Thanks to caring and generous people like you, 77 families like Tanya’s own Habitat homes, and 108 families have benefitted from critical home repairs in St. Lucie County. Your investment is helping families live in safety and dignity for years to come.

As our community grows, the need for decent, affordable homes grows with it. One in three low-income families spends half their income (or more) on housing. That leaves less for healthy food, school supplies, medicine, savings, and spending locally.

Home is the foundation for everything.

When homeownership is affordable, like it always is with Habitat for Humanity, parents are more confident about finances. Families are healthier. Kids do better in school. Neighborhoods are stronger. Together, we are building and repairing something even bigger than homes: loving, supportive communities.

What Will You Build?