“I’ve met a lot of great people, and I get to see firsthand how so many people step up to help one another in our community. Getting this Habitat home is a blessing because it will get me to where I need to be in order to care for my family and our future.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Katrina K.

Katrina is a mother of five and a grandmother of one, and her whole world is focused on her family and helping others. Her children include Bri’Asha, Ja’Vonte, Bre’Nae (17), De’Ajah (16), and De’Anthony (16), with her three youngest still living in the home. When not spending time playing cards and board games with her kids and grandson, Katrina works as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Bethel Manor, where she has worked for the last two years. “I love taking care of my residents. I’m very close to a lot of them and their families,” she says.

With two of her oldest children moved out, Katrina and her other three kids currently reside in a rental home. While the living conditions are not bad, the girls have to share a bedroom, and there is limited space. “My bills are still a little higher than what I would like to pay. I just want to take some of that stress off of my children and me,” Katrina explains.

Katrina learned about Habitat through her best friend, who has been a Habitat homeowner for the last 17 years. “I always wanted to do this program, but I never got around to it. I procrastinated for years and years and kept putting it off, but I realized this wasn’t getting easier, and I needed to do something,” she says. After getting denied the first few times, Katrina made a list of things to take care of and then got accepted into the Habitat program. “Third times a blessing!”

Katrina has always been a quiet and shy person, but after getting involved with Habitat, she has been able to open up a lot more. “I never thought I would be out in the community speaking and meeting new people,” she explains. “All the Habitat ladies make everything so easy, and I don’t have to be nervous about anything because it’s not bad,” she says.

Owning their own home will take a lot of stress off of Katrina’s shoulders and provide stability for her and her family. “My kids will always have a place to call home and come to if they ever need to,” Katrina says. “This home will make me work harder because it’s mine, and I know what I have to do to keep it.” Once settled, Katrina plans on building a healthy savings account and wants to go back to school. “I’ve met a lot of great people, and I get to see firsthand how so many people step up to help one another in our community. Getting this Habitat home is a blessing because it will get me to where I need to be in order to care for my family and our future.”