“Thank you to all of the Habitat volunteers and Core Crew for taking the time to work on not only my house but my kids’ home.  Seeing how hard you work on our home … well, it’s just a true blessing to me.  I love your motivation!  Thank you!” 

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Cortney H.

Cortney H. is a dedicated, hardworking mother of two boys, Ali (7) and Zayden (4).  The family has a cat named Midnight, and they enjoy going to the movies and arcade together. “We also love playing games at home,” Cortney says.  She chuckles and adds, “Our favorite by far is glow-in-the-dark hide and seek, which is hide and seek with glow sticks!”

Cortney is the team lead at American Windows, where she has been working for a year.  The family currently lives in a high-rent, 2-bedroom apartment.  Cortney states, “We’ve been living in the same place for 3 years, and I’m ready to move on to the next step of owning my own home.”  She adds, “My biggest struggle was trying to figure out how to get out of renting.  I tried to get a loan from the bank, but my credit wasn’t where it should be to get approved.”  It was then that Cortney learned about the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program.  Her boys’ grandmother, who owns a Habitat home, encouraged her to apply.

Cortney says, “I tried applying three times to get into the Habitat homeownership program.  I applied when I was 20, but at the time I wasn’t making enough.  I applied again the next year, but my debt was too high.  I worked hard to pay off my debt and get my credit established.  Then I tried applying again and was approved for the program.  It’s hard to buy a house with rough credit!”

Now, along with working full-time and being a mother, Cortney is working on sweat equity and taking homeownership classes in the Habitat homeownership program.  “Since beginning the program, my life has actually changed a lot!  I’ve learned things in the program like how to budget money better.  I’ve also built relationships in the program with other future homeowners and made some new friendships.”  Cortney reflects on a specific day where she and future homeowner Kaynah worked together to help build and raise the walls on Kaynah’s Habitat home.  She says, “After that day, Kaynah and I have been really good friends … we talk all the time!”  She adds, “It’s also been fun taking my kids to the property to see the progress on our Habitat home!”

Looking to the future, Cortney says, “Owning a Habitat house will mean everything.  It’s what I’ve been working towards for a long time.  This house will mean a ton to me and my kids.  We can live there forever and be able to call it ‘home.’”  Once the home is finished, Cortney is looking into possibly going back to school.  She says, “I also want to save more money to be able to do more with my kids!  Having a dependable, affordable mortgage will be great!”

“Thank you to all of the Habitat volunteers and Core Crew for taking the time to work on not only my house but my kids’ home.  Seeing how hard you work on our home … well, it’s just a true blessing to me.  I love your motivation!  Thank you!” 

“My boys and I have a saying that we use every day and every night to keep getting us through, ‘One more day.’  We use all the time to mean:  It takes one more day to accomplish anything in life, so work hard, never give up, take your time, don’t rush … it’ll only take one more day.”