“This will be an amazing accomplishment.  Part of the reason I’m doing this is to show my son that you have to work for the good things in life.  I can talk to him about what I’m doing to get us a home, and he will see the end result of all of my hard work … our Habitat house.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Clara Donna T.

Clara Donna T. is a caring individual who loves her son Koltyn (9) dearly.  The family enjoys walking at the river together, playing at the park, and watching/playing baseball.  Koltyn has played baseball since he was three, and he also likes to watch any sport whenever he can.  Clara chuckles and says, “He’s a big sports person!”  Clara enjoys reading and being ‘the mom on the sidelines.’  Additionally, she is a lead teacher at a local daycare and watches infants throughout the day.  The family also has a dog named Lucky, whom they adore.

Currently, the family lives in a rented 2-bedroom house, along with Clara’s mom.  Clara states, “It has a hole in the roof which makes the upstairs unlivable.”  The space is working for now, but they are ready to try and find another living situation.

Clara learned about the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program through a parent of a child she babysits.  The parent is a Habitat homeowner.  Clara mentions, “She was telling me about the program, and I thought it would be fun and at the end I would be a homeowner.”  She adds, “They told me about the steps of the process and explained what to expect.”

After deciding to apply, Clara states, “The application process wasn’t bad or hard!  It was fun getting to meet with someone who worked with me on starting this process.  Later, when they told me ‘Congratulations! You’re accepted!’ it was nice because I got lots of words of encouragement at the beginning of this journey.”

Since being accepted into the Habitat homeownership program, Clara Donna has been working on sweat equity and balancing time between work and home.  She says, “It’s been very busy and a struggle.  This is not a program for the weak.  I’m a parent; I work; I go to school; and, it has been a very interesting process thus far.  Every sweat equity hour counts!  It may be hard right now, but you have to remember what the end outcome will be.”

One way to earn sweat equity hours is through homeownership courses.  Clara explains, “I’m learning a lot through the Money Management Seminar [MMS].  I’m still in the process of working on my accountability and my financial situation, but MMS has helped me with that.”  She goes on to say, “I’m going to be able to save money and put it towards helping my son with his dream of riding an airplane.  I’m saving up to make that dream a reality.”

Looking toward the future and the reality of their new Habitat home, Clara says, “We will actually be able to have a basketball goal in our back yard!  Koltyn is really excited to have this outdoor space.  He is also excited to pick out which room will be his.  And I’m looking forward to being able to have more family events at our house.  This will be an amazing accomplishment.  Part of the reason I’m doing this is to show my son that you have to work for the good things in life.  I can talk to him about what I’m doing to get us a home, and he will see the end result of all of my hard work … our Habitat house.”

Habitat for Humanity is able to provide affordable housing options to families like Clara and Koltyn through the support of generous people … people who give their time and treasures.  Clara says, “Thank you.  We are looking forward to working alongside you on our family’s home.  Bear with me as I’m new to construction!  Koltyn and I are excited for this experience.   And thank you for helping me become a homeowner of a brand new home!”