“For us, this home will mean stability.  It will be a foundation for our family.  I’m showing my kids the importance of home ownership, and I’m trying to break the barrier of families not having ownership.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Brandi J.

Brandi J. is a sweet individual and family-oriented mother to 4 children – Robert (23), Romarro (21), Ralexus (19), and Rasjae (18).  She loves to sow, read and plan events.  Brandi’s grandbaby Jaiklin (2) lives with the family, and according to Brandi is, “Into everything, cute, bossy, and protective of his mother!”  The family loves getting together on Sundays and spending time with each other.  They are very close and like taking trips together occasionally.

For the last two years, Brandi has been the culinary director at Silver Birch in Evansville.  “I do a little bit of everything!  But my main role is to oversee the kitchen.”  Brandi, Rasjae, and Jaiklin live together in a 3-bedroom townhouse that Brandi rents.  Brandi states, “It’s small, and right now, my son [Robert] and my nephew are also staying with us while he looks for work.  Living on top of each other can be challenging, but we make it work.”  She adds, “The apartment we rent has a number of things that need fixed like the stove.”

Brandi has been seeking a change for a while.  She states, “Trying to find a home has been a struggle.  I’ve been looking for stability and a foundation for my kids.”  Then, Brandi learned about Habitat for Humanity of Evansville through a friend who had a Habitat house.  She mentions, “I educated myself about what was required for the program, got my finances in order, and applied.  I wish I would have done it sooner!” 

Since being accepted into the Habitat homeownership program, Brandi says, “It’s very busy, but it’s also very rewarding!  I’ve met new people and made new friendships.  I have learned a lot about what all goes into building a house and have a new appreciation for it all.  It makes you very humble.  Seeing everyone come together is so neat.  There are so many different people building the house!”  She goes on to say, “I want to teach my kids about the importance of home ownership.  They can see what I’m doing to get us a home, and I hope this will open their eyes to the importance of a home.”

“For us, this home will mean stability.  It will be a foundation for our family.  I’m showing my kids the importance of homeownership, and I’m trying to break the barrier of families not having ownership.”

Looking to the future, Brandi states, “I want to go back to school to get a degree in project management.  I don’t know where it will lead, but I would love to do that.”

“I want to thank everyone.  From Birdie and Ashley who have really worked hard to get me into the program to the Core Crew, who don’t have to volunteer but are always building!  Everyone is so friendly, nice, and respectful … and I really appreciate that.  I appreciate the Habitat foundation.”