“I actually grew up in a Habitat house. The one I grew up in is still in good condition and standing strong, so I thought applying to Habitat would be something good for our family. Our own Habitat house would be a good foundation for our new family.”
Pictured: Kamari and Jovan
Every Homeowner Has a Story
Future Habitat Homeowner
Bianca S. is a sweet woman, who enjoys reading, watching videos on YouTube and spending time with her family. Her husband, Jaswant, works a lot, but the couple makes time to watch action movies together with the occasional holiday movie or documentary. Bianca and Jaswant, have two children – Kamari (11) and Jovan (3). Currently, Kamari likes talking on the phone with her friends and playing games; while, Joven’s favorite topics are trains and dinosaurs. He specifically loves watching Jurassic Park. Bianca says, “Kamari sometimes wrestles with her little brother for fun. We also enjoy playing board games and card games together as a family.”
Bianca works for CAPE, the Community Action Program of Evansville, which is a local nonprofit that works with people to promote economic and social self-sufficiency. Bianca is an administrative assistant in the housing department. She states, “I love my job because everything about it involves helping people.”
“Before I began this journey with Habitat, I was actually a single parent with my daughter. I was working, paying rent, and taking care of her. My strength was in my daughter. About 6-7 years ago, I found out that I have an auto-immune condition; so, since then, I’ve also been dealing with things that come with that.” Now days, the family is renting a 2-bedroom apartment, which can be a little crowded at times with two extra people.
Reminiscing, Bianca states, “I actually grew up in a Habitat house. The one I grew up in is still in good condition and standing strong, so I thought applying to Habitat would be something good for our family. Our own Habitat house would be a good foundation for our new family.”
Bianca mentions, “I have applied several times, but I think I wasn’t ready. Timing is everything.” She adds, “We kept working and got everything situated before applying again.” This time, the family met all the requirements and was accepted into the Habitat homeownership program. Bianca states, “When we heard the news that we were accepted, it was like a weight was lifted. Everything was going to be taken care of and work out for the best. We are looking ahead, moving forward, and working hard to accomplish this.”
Since beginning their journey toward homeownership, Bianca comments, “It’s been very busy! It was a little rough in the beginning due to 2020 being a little rough in general; but overall, the process itself has been good. It teaches you to discipline yourself and work hard for what you want for your family. It has been a wonderful learning experience.” Bianca exclaims, “We are looking forward to building our house and moving into it! Everyone will have their own room.” She goes on to say, “Owning a Habitat house will mean that my family is complete. We want to keep the house in the family; it is something that I hope to pass down to my children.”
After becoming a homeowner, Bianca hopes to go back to school to further her education. She also plans on creating a garden at their family’s new home, which will be something they can maintain and enjoy together for years to come.
To the donors and volunteers building their family’s home, Bianca says fondly, “Thank you, thank you, thank you … from all of us. It means a lot for me especially and from our family in general. Everything we do is for our kids, not ourselves; so, to have someone helping us achieve that dream for our children … that is love. Thank you. We are going to have a place that we can call home.”