“Once everything is finished, I can look back and say, “I did this!” Once I’m finished, I will be happy and feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

Te’Asia P.

Every Homeowner Has a Story

Future Habitat Homeowner
Te’Asia P.

Te’Asia P. wants to create a nice, safe environment for her family of four. Te’Asia has three children, Ke’Shyra (6), Ke’Syah (4), and Ke’Marielle (1). Ke’Shyra and Ke’Syah are in school, second grade and pre-school respectively, while Ke’Marielle is learning not to put everything in her mouth. “We like going to the park, the movies, skating, out to eat, and just going outside in the backyard and playing together,” Te’Asia says. When she’s not with the kids, Te’Asia is a server at O’Charley’s. She’s one final test away from her medical assistant degree from Ross Medical School, which she’s put on hold in the effort for homeownership. “I’m a busy, single parent, but I do what I need to make time for my kids.”

The family currently lives in a 2-bedroom house. The space is too small for their family and rent is just too high. “I thought, ‘why not look into homeownership?’ I have three kids, and the Habitat program would be perfect for my family.”

Te’Asia learned about the program from a Habitat homeowner. “I pay my bills on time and don’t have anything against me, so I decided to apply for the affordable homeownership program with Habitat. I’d rather pay a mortgage than rent so I can work toward something that will be mine,” Te’Asia says, a smile forming on her face. “When I got accepted I was so excited and so happy that I got approved for a 4-bedroom home! I’m glad I took this opportunity. Applying paid off … because we are going to have a home of our own. I would recommend the program to anyone who qualifies.”

Committing to giving 300+ hours of sweat equity can seem overwhelming, but Te’Asia is confident that she can work through it. “If I can do this, anyone can do this,” she says. “My way of thinking and outlook has changed. I was used to balancing time due to work, kids, and school … so working on sweat equity was an easy transition.”

Looking ahead, Te’Asia would like to get a better paying job to support her kids financially. Once the children get a little older, Te’Asia looks forward to having them help decorate the home and take care of the house. “We’ll work together as a team,” she says. “It will mean a lot to us because it will be our home. When I’m older, my kids will have something to fall back on. Once everything is finished, I can look back and say, ‘I did this!’ Once I’m finished, I will be happy and feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

“The meaning of the Habitat program to my family is growth, stability, and setting your dreams and goals.”