“This Habitat house will mean so much!  It will mean that I’m a home owner; that I’ve done it!  I will know that I have a house that I’ve paid off … and it will be mine.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Neakeba D.

Neakeba D. is a dedicated woman!  She is the mother of four, two boys and two girls – Keyvionta (14), Keandre (8), Kiana (11), and Kyliah (7).  The family enjoys going to fun places around town on the weekends, such as Chuck E Cheese, SkyZone or out to eat.  Neakeba says, “Family time is important.  We really like spending time together.  One of our favorites is movie night.  The kids enjoy picking the food … wings, pizza, popcorn.  It’s just fun to have a good time together.”

For the last 5 and a half years, Neakeba has worked at the State Hospital in the Dietary Department.  “I help make the snacks and work with kids who are receiving treatment at the hospital.” 

Over the years, there have been a number of challenges that Neakeba overcame.  She states, “I lost my mother and my father right around the time I was about to have Keandre.  When my folks passed, I could only afford an apartment.”  The family has been renting a 3-bedroom apartment in the Van Park area for the last 8 years.  Over time, the neighborhood has evolved.  Neakeba explains, “The back door of the building was shot, a window was busted in, there was a fire in a neighboring house, and people throw trash on the ground everywhere.  Basically, I stay to myself for my own safety, and my kids can’t really go out and enjoy the neighborhood.  We end up going elsewhere to have fun.”

Neakeba reflects, “I learned about Habitat for Humanity through a work friend, who mentioned it to me.  I decided to apply.”  After being accepted in the Habitat homeownership program, Neakeba says, “I’ve learned a lot during the process.  I’ve grown stronger, and I’ve met people who are basically family now.  My life has changed a lot, but so far so good!  I wake up and pray to God that everything will work out.”

Now days, life is busy for the family!  Neakeba is still working full-time, homeschooling the kids (due to the pandemic), and working on sweat equity hours for Habitat.  “I’ve just got to keep pushing to get it done!”

“This Habitat house will mean so much!  It will mean that I’m a home owner; that I’ve done it!  I will know that I have a house that I’ve paid off … and it will be mine.”

Looking to the future, Neakeba excitedly says, “My kids will be able to play outside in our yard, and have their own rooms.  We could even have a dog. I’m excited that we won’t have to go up and down flights of steps with our groceries … and mostly, I’m looking forward to just waking up every day in a house that I will own.”

“To my house sponsor, I appreciate everything.  Thank you.”  Neakeba adds, “And to the volunteers, I appreciate learning how to build alongside you.  It’s something I’ve never done before, and with your help this house is becoming a reality.  I know you don’t get paid for this, so thank you for giving back to my family and to our community.  We really appreciate everything that has been done for us.  Thank you!”