“To my sponsor and the volunteers working on my house – thank you for helping me and supporting me in this journey.  I wouldn’t be able to do this by myself, so thank you!  You are making my kid’s dreams come true.

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Taylor B.

Taylor B. an active person!  She is also the mother to two boys – Mason (5) and Levi (2).  The family loves going to Mesker Park Zoo, cMoe, Sky Zone and other fun places around town together.  They also enjoy traveling to other zoos and aquariums as a family.  Taylor says, “We really like having family movie nights and craft dates.”  Currently, Mason plays flag football with his school, and Levi is taking gymnastics lessons.  Taylor adds, “We go watch the games/events as a family.”

Taylor works at Deaconess Hospital in the insurance department as a payment poster.  She says, “I pretty much type all day … sending insurance claims, etc.  The hours are great!  I’ve been with Deaconess for about 4 years but at this position since February.” 

The family is currently renting a 2-bedroom apartment in Mount Vernon.  Taylor states, “It’s little, but it’s cute.  It does what it needs to for us right now.”  Taylor goes on to say, “My cousin has a Habitat house, and once I saw her house I thought, ‘This is really cute … I should give it a try!’  So I applied.”

The first time Taylor applied, she was accepted but had to drop out due to a job change.  She applied again, but at that time she was just under the income requirement.  Taylor says, “The third time I applied, I made sure I had a stable job and was making good money so I could stay in this time!  When I found out I was accepted, I was excited and crying at the office.”

Now, Taylor is working on sweat equity, working full-time, and being a mother to her boys.  “Since beginning the program, my life has been really busy, but it’s also really exciting!  I’ve been saving money to be able to buy the things we want to put into the house like furniture, beds and decorations.  The kids also like going out to paint stores to see what color they want to paint the walls … it’s been an adventure!”  Taylor laughs and adds, “The boys say they want bunk beds and to still sleep in the same room, so the third bedroom will be a playroom until they are older.”

Thinking more about the future Taylor comments, “This house will be a safe, secure place for us to be.  It will be a place we can make memories – inside and out. The kids are looking forward to having a backyard and a safe neighborhood where they can ride their bikes and go swinging at the playground.”  After a reflective pause, Taylor mentions, “And, I’m really looking forward to Christmas and seeing the kids enjoy our house.  It means a lot that I will have provided all of that and brought it all together.  Having an affordable mortgage I will be able to save more money, and it’s going to be nice to have a little extra money to do more things with my kids.” 

“To my sponsor and the volunteers working on my house – thank you for helping me and supporting me in this journey.  I wouldn’t be able to do this by myself, so thank you!  You are making my kid’s dreams come true.”