Amanda P. and her two children, Drayton (8) and Tatum (6), are looking for permanence in their life. Amanda works for Head Start as an associate teacher with ages 3-5. “It’s rewarding at the end of the day as you watch the kids grow and hit milestones … you build a bond with them,” Amanda says. In her free time, Amanda enjoys relieving stress by doing her make-up. Wednesday is library day for the family of three, all of whom enjoy reading. “We all love going to the movies too! We enjoy being together at home … we’re home-bodies.”.
The family currently lives in a three-bedroom apartment where rent is constantly being raised. “I’d get my budget figured out and then they’d go and raise the rent,” reports Amanda. Since they are all home-bodies, Amanda and her kids are looking for something that feels like their very own. “I never felt like a home was permanent, so I would never decorate or hang pictures because it didn’t feel like home – It was just a place to stay.”
Just as Amanda was ready for something different, her friend signed her up for the homeownership program with Habitat. “Some of my close friends have Habitat homes, and they kept telling me I should get one. With every step forward in the process, we’re crying happy tears together. They’re so supportive of me and know what is coming next so they can talk me through it. Thank God for my friends.”
Since partnering with Habitat, Amanda has been fully involved. “I feel like everything is Habitat related,” she laughs. “Every second I’m trying to figure out what I have to get done … I’m constantly trying to move forward and make progress.” The Habitat homeownership program is very much goal-oriented, and that’s helping Amanda move forward. “The program has given me a goal to reach, and it’s helping me set other smaller goals and helping me feel like I can actually accomplish them.”
Looking to the future, Amanda wants to plan a vacation for the family, and Tatum wants a glitter wall in her room. “I won’t have to spend all my money on rent, so I’ll be able to allocate funds differently,” Amanda says. “Stability is really important, and I want to give my kids that. We’ll know that no matter what, we’ll have home … and they deserve that peace of mind, so I’m trying to give that to them.”