“This is finally the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful for my sponsor and all the volunteers because they’re helping my kids and me reach a monumental milestone that I’ll never forget.”

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Renee C.

Being a single mother is hard, but Renee is determined to provide a safe and happy home for her three children, Jaynae (10), Raquel (7), and Dominic (2). Renee loves to spend time with her children, but unfortunately, being a single parent, it is kind of hard. When she’s not spending time with the family, Renee works as a Case Manager for the State of Indiana. “It’s hard to be a provider for your family and spend quality time with them. Everything in life can be so routine day in and day out that I want to be able to stop and smell the roses,” she says.

Renee and her three children currently rent out a two-bedroom house. Her children share a room, and Renee has her own. “I refuse to get a bigger house and pay more in rent,” she explains. “I have to become a homeowner.”

Since setting the goal to become a homeowner, Renee was ready to find a way to make that dream possible. “The first time I learned about Habitat was through my best friend, who is a Habitat homeowner,” Renee says. She and her friend learned about it while working at Deaconess when Habitat came and talked to the staff. Unfortunately, Renee got denied the first couple of times she applied. Still, after working with Habitat staff, completing classes, and some encouragement from her friends and family, she applied again and got accepted. “Habitat is what fits me and my situation and my circumstances,” she says. “Once I got into the program, I saw it was more than just affordable housing. From the outside looking in, people don’t know all the details it takes to become a future Habitat homeowner. Everything is so great, and I get to learn so many new skills, such as money management and budgeting.”

Renee says that Habitat has changed her life. She has something to look forward to and a sense of hope. “When I wake up every day, knowing I am a future Habitat homeowner, I am even more motivated to be successful in other avenues in my life,” she explains. “Habitat has taught me not to give up and that I can turn my dreams into a reality.”

Renee is ready for her and her family to have security, financial freedom, and stability. “When I become a homeowner, I can invest in it and have longevity on becoming an even better homeowner,” Renee says. With the financial stability of homeownership, Renee hopes to go back to school to earn her bachelor’s degree in Social Work so that she can provide more for her family. “This is finally the light at the end of the tunnel, and I’m so happy. I’m so grateful for my sponsor and all the volunteers because they’re helping my kids and me reach a monumental milestone that I’ll never forget.”