“To everyone who has helped me on this journey, thank you! Without you guys, this would not be possible. I want to say thank you for helping me secure a solid, loving, welcoming foundation for my family.”

Del B.

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Del B.

Del has lived in many different cities and states, but she returned to Evansville to pursue the next adventure: homeownership. Del has three daughters, Dachealle (25), Kori (22), and LaBresha (20), and one grandson named Ronald (10). Dachealle and Ronald currently live in Louisville, KY, but Del hopes one day they may move to Evansville so she can be closer to them. “I love being with my family and having family get-togethers. I love to cook and play games with everyone,” Del says. Del is a work-at-home associate and loves it. “Working from home lets me spend time with the family, which is what I really love.”

Before moving back to Evansville, Del lived in Louisville. Determined to reach homeownership, Del began working on improving her credit. “I didn’t want to take an easy way out and file for bankruptcy, because that wouldn’t set a good example for my daughters. It was a long and hard journey to get financially stable, but I’m proud of myself,” Del explains. The family currently lives in a two-bedroom house, but there’s little space, and Kori and LaBresha have to share a room. “We’re happy, but this home is not our own. This neighborhood is great, but it’s not our own. I’m glad we have a roof over our heads, but the golden light will be from when it goes from a lease agreement to a mortgage agreement.”

Del’s daughters’ grandmother has owned a Habitat home in Evansville for 25 years, and this is how Del initially became familiar with the program. But after years passed, Del forgot. “I had recently been going to the YMCA with my sister-in-law when I kept seeing a little bit of lime green on this board at the desk. After a while, I took a closer look, and it was for Habitat! I took a green slip from the board and made plans to look into it,” Del says. “I’m so glad that I went through with it. Getting approved for Habitat was my third base. I’m swinging that bat, and I’m getting the keys at home plate!”

Through her activity in the Habitat program, Del has met lifelong friends and learned more about Evansville’s community events. “I found that I like volunteering and doing things to give back. I’d never made time to do it before, but now I will make the time. I like to be involved, and I like helping people. I want to bless others like I have been blessed. This program has given me the chance to discover that part of myself.”

Once settled into her new home, Del plans to go back to school to pursue a new degree. She also would like to foster children when her daughters have moved out. “God blessed me with a home, and now I want to bless other children that are in need. I just keep praying and asking God to open up doors and show me which one He wants me to go through.” Del is ready to make her house into a loving home for everyone who walks in. “This home means stability and security. To everyone who has helped me on this journey, thank you! Thank you for believing in me and the other future homeowners. Without you guys, this would not be possible. I want to say thank you for helping me secure a solid, loving, welcoming foundation for my family.”