Kendra calls herself a “homebody,” but that hasn’t prevented her from going out and chasing after her dreams. She enjoys her job as a caregiver working with Mentors and Apex. “I enjoy taking care of people, working with people with mental or physical disabilities,” she says. “I’ve been doing it since high school, and it’s followed me all the way into adulthood.” When she’s not working, Kendra enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, going to the movies, and listening to music.
Kendra currently lives in a two-bedroom rental space with a basement that often floods. “The house has no counter space, and I don’t use any of the cabinets because I once had a mice problem,” Kendra explains. “There was a termite problem, too, and it took three months for it to be resolved.” While Kendra wouldn’t say she’s struggled in life, she has had some tough moments. “I had to work harder to maintain, and that wore me out a bit. I was ready for something new.”
Kendra’s mother owns a Habitat home in Henderson, Kentucky, and that’s how she first became familiar with the process. “I also know a couple of people that are Habitat homeowners, and I thought that all I can do is try and, what do you know! I got lucky!” she says. “I put in the application, and it took about two weeks for Habitat to call me. I had just a few things to get figured out and then everything was good, and I got accepted!”
Partnering with Habitat means giving a lot of hours, meeting new people, and learning new skills. Kendra says it’s all worth it. “I’m a homebody, so being able to meet new people and make friends is enjoyable. I enjoy helping out and helping others on their houses and thinking about how my house will look. I love getting that experience.”
Once settled into her home, Kendra is looking forward to saving money and exploring opportunities in her career. “I like knowing that I always have a house to come back to. It feels good,” Kendra says. “It’s a relief to own a home. I’ll have financial freedom, stability, and independence. It’s a really good feeling.”