“We are really grateful for Habitat.  It is a blessing to be in this program and to have all these people helping us; we really appreciate their help.  We have been trying to achieve homeownership for a long time … and it means a lot for us to have a home.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Dillon D.

Dillon D. is a family-oriented man, who loves spending time with his wife, Kaileigh, and two daughters, Makaiyah (11) and Makenzie (6).  Currently, Makaiyah enjoys playing volleyball and walking the family dog.  Makenzie finds joy in going to school and playing math and word games on the tablet.  Both girls also love going shopping with their mom.  Dillon says, “I like hanging out with my family and going to church every Sunday.  As a family, we like going camping, playing outside, and walking our dog.  Sometimes we will go to the movies, out to eat, or to the park together.”

For the last year, Dillon has worked in the transportation department at Goodwill; however, in January of 2021 he got a promotion and is now working in the maintenance department.  Dillon states, “I’m making $1 more an hour now with the opportunity to advance down the road.  I love it!”

Nowadays, the family is staying in a temporary housing, 2-bedroom apartment.  Dillon states, “It’s not a good living environment; there are a lot of drug addicts here and generally bad people.  The maintenance doesn’t really keep up with things as nothing seems to be up to code.”

Seeking a change, the family was looking for their next step when a solution finally presented itself.  Dillon says, “While I was working at a place called Handy Helpers, Birdie [Habitat for Humanity of Evansville’s Family Services Director] came in and spoke with us [the employees] about the Habitat homeownership program.  That’s how I heard about it and when I decided to apply.”  Dillon goes on to say, “When I applied the first time, I got denied because I needed to work on my credit and pay off some debt.  I kept saving money and saving money to pay it off.  Then, I applied again, and I got accepted the second time.”

Since being accepted into the Habitat homeownership program, Dillon has been working on sweat equity hours while also balancing work and home life.  He adds, “My life has changed.  Things have been going in a good direction ever since I started.  I’m learning a lot in the homeownership classes like construction, stress management, budgeting and other things you can use in everyday life which are very helpful.  All the volunteers and people at the office are really friendly and a lot of help.”

Dillon and Kaileigh share, “This Habitat house will be a great place to raise our kids.  We will know that we will always have a place to be a family, where we can eat dinner together as a family.  We won’t have to ever worry about being homeless again.  It will be our home.”

Looking to the future, the family is excited about the affordable mortgage and being able to save money.  Kaileigh says, “We will be able to buy new cars for the both of us because we will be able to save more.  Overall, we are going to be able to have a brighter outlook on our future.”  Dillon adds, “We will be able to get nicer things for our kids like good school clothes and provide for them well.  We also might get nicer things for the house and build onto our Habitat home in the future.”

Dillon and Kaileigh express thanks to the volunteers working on their family’s home and their house sponsor.  They say, “We are really grateful for Habitat.  It is a blessing to be in this program and to have all these people helping us; we really appreciate their help.  We have been trying to achieve homeownership for a long time … and it means a lot for us to have a home.”