“Oliver will have a home to grow up in, and we can make permanent memories that won’t fade because of moving from house to house. My sponsor and the volunteers don’t have to work this hard for me, but they do out of the kindness of their hearts. That means the world to me.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Maria M.

Maria and her son, Oliver (2), maintain a close relationship through watching movies and having “Popcorn Parties,” but they’re ready for a new opportunity to grow as a family. Oliver is an active child that loves to play outside with his cars and tractors. Maria is currently a CNA at Deaconess Hospital with hopes of becoming an RN someday. “I have all my pre-requisite classes done, and now I just need to go through the program. Hopefully, I’ll be able to complete that goal very soon.”

Maria and Oliver currently live with her parents, and they share a room. “It’s rough. I want my own space, and so does he. Sometimes it’s not the easiest,” she explains.

“I was kind of nervous about applying because I thought I would get denied,” Maria says. When she got the phone call that she got approved, she was so excited. “When I came into Habitat, it opened me up to a whole new community,” she explains. “It’s opened my eyes to see that people are involved in their neighborhood, and now I want to be involved, too.”

Since partnering with Habitat, Maria says that she has more of a future for her and her son. “It’s hard driving out here from far away and getting all the hours, but I am working towards something great, so all of the driving and all of the hours are going to be worth it,” she says.

Owning her own Habitat home will give Maria stability and independence. “I don’t have to rely on my parents. I can be my own person,” she says. “Oliver will have a home to grow up in, and we can make permanent memories that won’t fade because of moving from house to house.” Maria will also be able to go back to school and further her career without the stress of bills. “My sponsor and the volunteers don’t have to work this hard for me, but they do out of the kindness of their hearts. That means the world to me.”