“This home means comfort. It’s incredible to have a place that is absolutely yours.”

Brenda

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Brenda B.

Brenda and her grandson, Zachary (16), love spending time together and playing with their cat, Charlotte. Zachary likes art, music, and world history while Brenda enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and the stress-melting effect of adult coloring books. While Zachary is in high school, Brenda has worked at St. Vincent Hospital for nearly 28 years, the past 6 as a baker, baking treats for patients and customers in the cafeteria. Despite being diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2018 and undergoing chemo and radiation, Brenda continues to focus on the positive and remains a strong role model for her grandson.

Brenda and Zachary currently live in a small, two-bedroom rental home. “It’s just not enough room, and I don’t have the storage that I need,” Brenda says. “I’m blessed that I could find this home and it came to me at a time that I needed it, but it’s too small, and it’s hard to get things fixed.” Brenda used to own a home with her ex-husband, so she doesn’t like renting. “With renting you’re giving that money away. You’re not working towards something that’s really yours.”

Brenda first learned about Habitat through her best friend. “My friend’s husband volunteered last year mowing grass for Habitat lots, and he suggested it to me. I never thought that Habitat was for me,” Brenda says. But it was just one of those things where I thought, ‘Why don’t I just apply?’ I guess it was just one of those meant-to-be kinds of things!”

Since partnering with Habitat, Brenda feels like she’s been brought out of her shell. “I used to be really shy but working with people on the build sites has brought out my personality a bit. This opportunity put me in a situation to be out in the world and do something constructive and useful to help other people besides myself,” Brenda says. “It just feels good to help other people.”

Once moved into their new home, Brenda is excited to plant flowers and spend time outside with friends and family, grilling out and having fun. “I usually don’t think much into the future and I kind of live day to day, but my grandson will be going to college soon, and I want to be able to do things with him and enjoy our time together. This home will give us a chance to do that,” Brenda says. “It will be so nice to have room and have everything in its place and organized. This home means comfort. It’s incredible to have a place that is absolutely yours.”