“Without the donors and volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Habitat program helping us own a home. We hope everyone knows just how thankful we are for their hard work and dedication. We are so, so grateful.”

Shannon and Brooklynne

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowners
Shannon and Brooklynne B.

Shannon and Brooklynne are looking for a sense of security and ownership. The couple has been married for almost five years and have two children, Brielle (6) and Troy (2). Shannon also has an older son, Malik (9), who lives in Louisville with his mother but spends several weeks out of the year with his family in Evansville. Brooklynne is a correctional officer at a youth detention center while Shannon has worked at Berry Plastics for about three years. The family enjoys going to Wesselman Woods and discovering new things at CMOE.

The struggles of high rent and lack of space are taking its toll on the family. They currently live in a two-bedroom apartment that costs them nearly $700 a month. The children share a room, and they constantly have to get rid of things to save space. “We do what we have to do for our family, but we are not fans of renting,” Brooklynne says. “We’re looking for a low monthly mortgage and the space to raise our growing family. We want our money to go towards something that we own and will be ours far into the future.”

That’s where Habitat comes in. Shannon’s mother mentioned it to Brooklynne and suggested they look into the affordable homeownership program. “Once we decided we were going to do it, we made the time to get the application and follow through,” Brooklynne says. “We got accepted early and easily, and it was such a blessing to begin this journey with Habitat.”

Brooklynne says that their life has become much busier since entering the Habitat program, but it’s worth it. “Our lives have grown for the better. We are learning so much about budgeting and the upkeep of a home,” she says. Shannon agrees, adding, “We know how to build houses and maintain them now.”

Shannon and Brooklynne are ready for that sense of security that their own home will bring. “Once you have a home, everything else seems to fall into place,” Shannon says. The family is excited to have a safe place for the kids to grow up. “We’re so grateful for the opportunity to own a home,” Brooklynne says. “Without the donors and volunteers, there wouldn’t be a Habitat program helping us own a home. We hope everyone knows just how thankful we are for their hard work and dedication. We are so, so grateful.”