“In a nutshell, I’m just happier.  I know the outcome of all of this is that we will have our own home.  We won’t have a landlord telling us what we can and can’t do.  Owning this home will mean stability.  It will be a foundation for me and my kids to grow and have new memories.  It’s something that can’t be taken away from us.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
KaMeka T.

KaMeka T. is a family-oriented woman who loves spending time with her kids.  During her personal time, KaMeka likes reading, sewing, and making crafts.  Her oldest, Eshawn (28), enjoys playing basketball; he is a plumber and looking forward to helping with the new house.  Ki’Yona (19), the middle-child, loves lacrosse and hopes to be a pilot one day.  Ki’Yona also enjoys building and has taken courses at the Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center (SICTC). In one construction course, she actively helped build a Habitat house with other SICTC students.  KaMeka’s youngest is Demarius (16), whose favorite things right now are playing basketball and videogames.  The family loves watching movies together, playing games, and just talking.  KaMeka says, “We also make time for family worship.”

Over the years, the family has struggled finding a good living situation that met all of their needs.  KaMeka states, “We have had so many different slum lords as landlords.  Right now, all of my money is going out the window.”  She laughs dryly and adds, “Literally out the windows and doors!  Our place is not energy efficient.  It’s sad because we have the heat on so much, but we are still cold.  We end up using space heaters.”  The family’s current residence also has mold causing KaMeka to worry about her family’s health.  Due to all of these issues, KaMeka decided it was time to seek a better home for her family.  She says, “I’ve been trying to find something that was ours … to find stability.”

During her search for a different place to live, KaMeka reflected on her childhood and growing up in a Habitat house.  She states, “My mother was part of the Blitz in ’92.  She has lived in her home for 28 years now, so I’ve known about Habitat for a while.”  Before applying for the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program, KaMeka worked on her credit and saving money.  She says, “I was working my way to you all to make a home for my family.  God led me here.”

After being accepted into the program, KaMeka began working on her sweat equity.  She exclaims, “It’s been great!  As far as the classes, I’ve been learning so much; it’s amazing!  Insurance, mortgage, money management … it’s all helping me.  I’m learning to budget way better than I used to.”  She smiles and adds, “I also love the cooking class!  My daughter is going to some of them with me.”

“Habitat is so family-oriented.  The people are so caring, and I didn’t know how many volunteers and donors helped out!”

Now, KaMeka states, “In a nutshell, I’m just happier.  I know the outcome of all of this is that we will have our own home.  We won’t have a landlord telling us what we can and can’t do.  Owning this home will mean stability.  It will be a foundation for me and my kids to grow and have new memories.  It’s something that can’t be taken away from us.”

Looking to the future, KaMeka mentions, “I’ll save more money for sure, and that’s huge because it seems like all of my money is going into bills right now.  Maybe we will go on vacation as a family.  We haven’t been on one in a long while.”  With renewed excitement, she adds, “I’m trying to get a service animal, so having our own house will make that a lot easier.  I won’t have to worry if I can have it with me or not.  I love BIG dogs, so we might get a Great Dane or a Mastiff; they are just big babies!  The kids are excited about that too.”

“I can’t express enough how grateful I am for everyone giving their time, love, and talents to Habitat to build us this home.  You inspire me, and thank you so much.  We are grateful and we thank God for all of you.”