Simply put, HomeStretch is about people. It’s about helping people get answers to their questions and solutions to homelessness. This month, we present a Q & A with Brittany, one of our residents, who took an incredible journey – from homeless to homeowner!
QUESTION: Why did you decide to apply for a home with Habitat? It’s a big process, isn’t it?
ANSWER: My HomeStretch mentor and now friend, Leigh Ann, suggested that I apply for the program. I had reached many of my financial goals with HomeStretch, but I wasn’t sure if purchasing a house was something I could handle. It turns out, it was one of the best decisions I have made. The process was long and hard, but most things that are worth having take work. And I was determined to do whatever I needed to do to provide the very best I could for my children.
Q: How did your HomeStretch Family Coordinator, Rachelle and your HomeStretch Mentor, Leigh Ann help you?
A: First, they helped me see my situation for what it was and to take a close look at how I got there. Some problems were due to circumstance or things that were out of my control, but a good deal was due to decisions that were within my control. Once I realized this, I could accept the help of others. HomeStretch brought amazing people into my corner, like Rachelle and Leigh Ann. They’ve stuck with me, through the ups and downs – and we had lots of both. They pushed me to do better when I wanted to make excuses and I’m forever thankful God placed them in my life.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a homeowner?
A: I enjoy seeing my kids enjoy their home. They know that this is ours. We are going to be here for a long time and they love that. That’s my favorite part. I also love decorating!
Q: What advice would you give to someone applying for a new home through Habitat?
A: Pray about it first. Be honest. Believe that you can do it and surround yourself with people who believe it, too. Stick with it and never give up. Yes, they will ask you for the same paperwork 20 different times – it’s okay. Don’t complain. Don’t be defensive if someone has some constructive criticism to offer. Be a filter, not a sponge. Take what you can use and leave the rest. And remember that you are your children’s first example. Let them see how much you love them and how hard you work for them. And always, always know your worth.
Thank you, Brittany, for your wise words and your courage. We are proud of you!