Ms. Gloria Saussy, a senior living in Riverdale, needs your help today.

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

RIVERDALE, GA [November 14, 2017] — Ms. Gloria Saussy is one of a dozen senior homeowners currently in need of repairs on our Home Repair waitlist. She worked as an office manager for 42 years and raised three children as a single mother.  She currently is retired due to disabilities and lives in Riverdale: “I moved into the home in 2006, and then just two years later I had both my knees replaced. But even after that I went back to work and things were working out just fine, but four years later, here we go again. My health just deteriorated, and it deteriorated so quickly that it was scary.”

Ms. Saussy suffers from fibromyalgia, a painful disease which does not currently have a known cause or cure: “I’ll be fine one day, then the next day, I’m flat on my back. But we found out what the issues were and started working on it. I won’t get cured but I can live. And with Habitat for Humanity, I can live with contentment.

Our Home Repair program requires about 48 “sweat equity” or volunteer hours for seniors in our home repair program. But Ms. Saussy has doubled her hours. She put in time by helping out at the Habitat office and at our outreach tables at community events.  She loves the homeowner education and financial literacy classes she has taken with us, especially the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University courses.

As Ms. Saussy waits on our wait list, her home becomes more and more damaged by water from her leaking roof. A hole has opened up in her garage ceiling, and water stains have begun to spread into her living room. We are fundraising all month along for Ms. Saussy’s project, along with other senior homeowners in need.

If you would like to give to help with Gloria’s repairs, please consider contributing at schabitat.org/gagivesday

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Can you help us repair the roof over her head?

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367

 

FAYETTEVILLE, GA [November 7, 2017] — Volicia Scott is one of a dozen senior homeowners currently in need of repairs on our Home Repair wait list. She has committed her entire life to serving others. Ten years ago, Ms. Scott bought her home in Fayetteville, Georgia. Over the years, she has fostered 15 children and adopted two kids: her special needs 8-year-old son (pictured) and her 15-year-old daughter who they had nowhere else to go. She now works with another nonprofit in tandem with the SNAP program and Grady Hospital to help homeless people with HIV/AIDs.

When asked what defines her life, she says that “It’s about service. I’ll be 65 this year, and I think in the last 20 years I’ve really come full-circle in terms of being humble and serving.” Now, we hope to come together and give back to this lifelong giver by repairing her leaking roof, water damage, and damaged ductwork among other repairs.

As Ms. Scott lingers on our waitlist, her home becomes more and more damaged by water from her leaking roof. We are fundraising all month along for her project, along with other senior homeowners in need. Please help us fund her project today with a donation.

Click here to give today to repair homes and restore hope.

 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

ABOUT GA GIVES ON GIVING TUESDAY:

GAgives, rooted in the Thanksgiving season, has raised more than $13.5 million in donations for nearly 2,700 Georgia nonprofits since 2012. Led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the GAgives initiative maintains an online fundraising platform, GAgives.org, free to use for any registered 501c3 in the state; it also helps teach and mobilize everyone with a stake in the community – organizations, corporate sponsors, government agencies, media partners, and citizens – to raise awareness and support for nonprofits.

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Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday: Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is fundraising for seniors in need of home repairs

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

JONESBORO, GA [November 1, 2017] —Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is joining 2,000 other Georgia nonprofits this month as they participate in Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday. Georgia Gives is a statewide event run by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits that helps the community balance holiday “getting” with community “giving.”

Georgia Gives on Giving Tuesday will happen this year on November 28th, 2017, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving.  SCHFH is asking the South Metro Atlanta area community to come together to help low-to-moderate income seniors with home repairs in Fayette, Henry, and Clayton counties. Last year, SCHFH raised more than $7,000 towards building a home for a veteran in need. This year, SCHFH hopes to raise $10,000 for senior home repairs.

“Unfortunately, our wait list for home repairs has grown longer and longer. We simply don’t have enough funding for all of the repairs this year. Right now, there are a dozen senior homeowners in need,” said Cynthia E. Jenkins, CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat. “Seniors are especially vulnerable since many are living on fixed incomes. They want to stay in the homes that they have purchased, but they are in need of accessibility improvements as they age in place.”

All month long, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will be highlighting the stories of the senior homeowners in need of repairs. One homeowner, Volicia Scott, is a senior living in Fayetteville, Georgia. Her home has damage from a leaking roof. She fostered kids throughout her life, and currently works with homeless people with HIV at a small nonprofit. As a senior, she adopted two of the children that she was fostering: a 15-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy with special needs.

“At this point, I’m not ahead of this house. Now, we’re having a lot of rain and I find that the roof is leaking. I would love to be able to leave [this house] to these children if I can, if it’s liveable,” says Ms. Scott.

Another homeowner, Gloria Saussy, lives in Riverdale. She also has a leaking roof that has caused a hole to open up in her garage ceiling. She is a single mother of 3 and worked for 40 years as an office manager before having to retire due to disabilities.

Water coming into my home is what got me,” says Ms. Saussy. “It started in the garage and so it started very small, I didn’t notice it at first, and the next thing I noticed was that the hole kept getting bigger and bigger. Then water started coming through my chimney, and in my living room, there are some water spots coming in.”

Perhaps most dire of all is the home of Gloria and Alvin Johnson, seniors living in Jonesboro, GA. The roof is leaking in multiple places, opening up a hole in their bedroom, causing their living room to sag. Mold has become a problem as well.

The couple tries their best to keep their faith and hopes up: “At least we’re not under the bridge. That’s how we look at it. I just pray on it. If God sees it fit for us to have it, He’ll put it there,” says Mrs. Johnson.

SCHFH hopes to raise $10,000 in order to help complete some of these repairs.

“We know that $10,000 is a tall order, but we are confident that our community can come together and raise the funds needed,” said Cynthia E. Jenkins.

Donors can give online at schabitat.org/gagivesday or mail checks to 9570 Tara Blvd. Jonesboro, GA 30236, written out to “Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.”

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

ABOUT GA GIVES ON GIVING TUESDAY:

GAgives, rooted in the Thanksgiving season, has raised more than $13.5 million in donations for nearly 2,700 Georgia nonprofits since 2012. Led by the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, the GAgives initiative maintains an online fundraising platform, GAgives.org, free to use for any registered 501c3 in the state; it also helps teach and mobilize everyone with a stake in the community – organizations, corporate sponsors, government agencies, media partners, and citizens – to raise awareness and support for nonprofits.

ABOUT THE GEORGIA CENTER OF NONPROFITS:

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits builds thriving communities by helping nonprofits succeed. Through a powerful mix of advocacy, solutions for nonprofit effectiveness, and insight building tools, GCN provides nonprofits, board members and donors with the tools they need to strengthen organizations that make a difference on important causes throughout Georgia. Learn more at gcn.org.

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Outhouse no more! Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity finishes bathroom for Fayetteville senior Walter Prayor

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FAYETTE COUNTY, GA [October 27, 2017] —On Friday, October 27, 2017, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) celebrated the completion of a bathroom installation and home repair for senior Fayette County citizen Walter Prayor. Mr. Prayor, 82, had been using an outhouse and bucket showers his entire life. Mayor Ed Johnson from the City of Fayetteville said a few words of welcome, and Pastor Stephen Palmer from the Church of the Harvest Fayetteville blessed the home at a small ceremony. Volunteers, SCHFH staff, SCHFH board members, and donors from the project were also in attendance.

Mr. Prayor was referred to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity by his Meals on Wheels Coordinator, Marie Doyle, at Fayette Senior Services. In December of 2016, Ms. Doyle asked Mr. Prayor’s daughter, Francine Prayor, what her dad wanted for Christmas.  She told her that he wanted a bathroom. Ms. Doyle then put Francine and Walter in touch with Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity.

 Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity was able to raise enough funds to complete the $25,000 repair.  The project was funded by the following organizations: a GoFundMe campaign, a grant from a Coweta-Fayette EMC, a grant from the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, a grant from the North Georgia Housing & Homeless Council, hundreds of volunteer hours, proceeds from the Pinewood Studios Winter Gala, and a donated septic tank system and labor from Terry Long’s Backhoe & Grading. SCHFH completed the bathroom installation with an ADA walk-in shower, as well as other home modifications including a small kitchen renovation and new exterior paint, in September 2017.

At the ceremony, Francine Prayor read a letter out loud that Walter had written to the organization: ” Everyone went above and beyond for me. They were truly incredible. I shed a tear each and every day.”

“We’re so happy to have met Mr. Prayor, and along with many, many volunteers and donors, to have been able to affect change within his life. I know everyone was surprised when we heard that someone has an outhouse in 2017 [and thought] we’ve got to do something about this. And with your help, and with the skillset of people within our organization, we were able to give Mr. Prayor a bathroom. Mr. Prayor, we count it a privilege to have been able to do this for you,” said Ms. Cynthia E. Jenkins, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity CEO.

“I want to commend Habitat for Humanity for recognizing the community responsibility to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers,” added Mayor Johnson, City of Fayetteville. “Habitat for Humanity is fulfilling that by seeing a man like you, who is just humble beyond measure but has continued to contribute to our community, and building that restroom for you. I am delighted to say on behalf of the City of Fayetteville congratulations! We celebrate with you.”

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity will launch a fundraising campaign this November for senior homeowners living in Fayette, Clayton, and Henry Counties who are in need of home repairs, just like Mr. Prayor. If you would like to learn more or donate, please visit schabitat.org. If you know of a family in need of home repairs, please ask them to email SCHFH’s Family Services Coordinator Megan Hepker at megan.hepker@schabitat.org.

View more photos from the project here. 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes in Clayton, Henry, & Fayette Counties.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Featured on the Sweet Danni J Show

JONESBORO, GA [October 24, 2017] — Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) was recently featured on the Sweet Danni J Show. Watch the video below for an interview with Trisha Pintavorn, SCHFH Marketing Manager and Walter Prayor, a senior home repair partner family SCHFH recently completed a bathroom installation for as he had been using an outhouse for 70+ years.

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes. Learn more at www.schabitat.org.

ABOUT THE SWEET DANNI J SHOW:

If Dr. Phil was a woman; he would wear 4” heels, have a Santa-Clause laugh, a girl-next-door smile and a Big Momma’s hug. The Sweet Danni J Show is where “Wendy Williams” meets “Ask Abby.”

Sweet Danni J uses an “in-your-face” and up front approach to help guests see their own role in current situations and develop ideas and options for altering the outlook of present situations. Sweet Danni J uses no cue cards/preplanned scripts–what you see is what you get. From police officers to makeovers to law. The Sweet Danni J Show has it all. Laughter-to-tears–You are not alone in life–someone needs to hear your testimony. Someone is going through what you are going through right now.

Sometimes life is hard to swallow. Watch and listen how Sweet Danni J helps the “life” go down in a delightful way”—a Sweet way.

Learn more at www.sweetdannij.com.

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Our 150th Home Repair! Meet the Williams Family

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

RIVERDALE, GA [November 14, 2017] —This past Veteran’s Day weekend, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is celebrating the completion of its 150th Home Repair for Milton Williams.

Milton is a Vietnam-era Army and Marine Corps veteran from Albany, Georgia. His wife, Angela Williams, is a Birmingham, Alabama native and retiree who has worked in the retail, warehouse, and banking industries. Milton met his wife Angela a little later in his life. They started dating after meeting at a seafood restaurant in 2003.  His wife of 25 years had just passed away from ALS disease. Angela was a widower herself, as her husband passed away in 1986 when her son was just 10 months old, leaving her to raise him by herself.

But fate brought these two together, and they were married in 2013. Milton is delighted to have her as his partner in life: “I just thank God for her. She’s a lovely beautiful woman and she’s made my life. She’s been there with me through my cancer–I’m a cancer survivor. She’s just been by my side; I thank God for having her with me. “

As both Milton and Angela are seniors and disabled, maintaining their home had become a bit of a challenge. Thanks to funding from the Home Depot Foundation, SCHFH was able to repair their broken staircase, fix a crumbling patio, install new siding, and complete a bathroom renovation with an ADA accessible shower. “I just want to reach out and thank Home Depot for doing everything they can do for the women and the men that serve in this country,” Milton said. “We’re just so grateful to have an organization that does everything that they do for veterans.”

If you would like to give to help more families like the Williams family, please consider contributing at schabitat.org/gagivesday

Group photo of the Williams family, SCHFH staff and volunteers

Councilwoman Cynthia Stamps-Jones representing the City of Riverdale

Milton and Angela Williams with Pastor Steve Vice cutting the ribbon

Milton Williams with Construction Lead Kirkland Edmond

 

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

ABOUT THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION:

The Home Depot Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 public charity, works to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and respond to communities in disaster. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $138 million in veteran causes and transformed more than 25,000 homes for veterans. And their work is not done. In 2016, The Home Depot Foundation made a commitment to increase their investment in veteran causes to a quarter of a billion dollars by 2020.

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Outhouse no more! Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity finishes bathroom for Fayetteville senior Walter Prayor

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Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

MEDIA ADVISORY

For October 27, 2017

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity finishes bathroom for Fayetteville senior Walter Prayor 

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) will celebrate the completion of a home repair project for Mr. Walter Prayor of Fayetteville, Georgia. Mr. Prayor is a  senior who has been using bucket showers and an outhouse his entire life. SCHFH recently completed a bathroom installation for him. Attendees will also have a chance to hear more about Walter’s story.

WHEN: Friday, October 27, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: 635 Inman Rd.
Fayetteville, GA 30215

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Cynthia E. Jenkins, the CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity; Walter and Francine Prayor, Habitat partner family; other invited local elected officials and business owners

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity repairs 150th home in South Metro Atlanta

Media Contact
Name: Trisha Pintavorn
Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at
Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity
E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org
Office:  770-477-2367
Mobile: 404-694-0507

MEDIA ADVISORY

For November 10, 2017

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity repairs 150th home in South Metro Atlanta

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) will celebrate the repair of its 150th home with a home dedication, ribbon-cutting, and celebration of its 150th home repair homeowners, Milton and Angela Williams on the weekend leading up to Veteran’s Day. Mr. and Mrs. Williams live in Riverdale, Georgia. Milton Williams is a Vietnam-era Army and Marine Corps veteran. Their repairs were funded by the Home Depot Foundation. Attendees will also have a chance to hear the Williams’ story.

WHEN: Friday, November 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: 8733 Dorsey Rd
Riverdale, Georgia 30228

Overflow parking available at Bethel Baptist Church
10 Flint River Rd
Jonesboro, GA 30238

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: Cynthia E. Jenkins, the CEO of Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity; Milton and Angela Williams, Habitat partner family; other invited local elected officials and business owners

ABOUT SOUTHERN CRESCENT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY:

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 200 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity appoints new CEO

JONESBORO, GA [September 5, 2017] —Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH) is delighted to announce the appointment of Cynthia E. Jenkins as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective September 5, 2017. Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a locally run and operated affiliate of Habitat for Humanity that builds and repairs homes in Clayton, Henry, and Fayette counties in South Metro Atlanta.

“We are excited to have Cynthia on board. We think she’s going to take this organization into the future,” said Elias Makres, Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Board President and owner and contractor at Elias Hogan Homes Inc. “Her years of expertise in both the construction and affordable housing industry will serve her well in this role.”

A native of Newnan, Georgia, Jenkins graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1998. Jenkins then brought her talent to various affordable housing organizations, including the Reynoldstown Revitalization Corporation, the Tyler Place Community Development Corporation, and G3 Communities, Inc., where she served as Executive Director.  She was instrumental in raising more than $3M in funds to rehab and resell foreclosed homes in distressed neighborhoods. Most recently, Jenkins has worked as the owner of C. E. Jenkins Construction in specialty trades construction and consulting for public and private development projects. She is also serving as Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Newnan with 14 years of service as a councilwoman.

Reflecting on her appointment, Jenkins said: “Habitat is one of the world’s best advocates and producers of quality affordable housing.  I’m eager to join this team of dedicated staff, board, partners and homeowners at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity. I look forward to working with the Fayette, Clayton and Henry Counties stakeholders to continue pursuing that mission.”

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About Southern Crescent Habitat For Humanity

Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry that helps low-income families find opportunity, achieve stability, and improve their quality of life. SCHFH builds stronger families and neighborhoods by partnering with donors and volunteers to construct attractive and affordable homes, to repair existing homes, and to address community needs through neighborhood revitalization. Since its founding in 1986, SCHFH has built 195 homes and repaired 150 homes.

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Media Contact

Name: Trisha Pintavorn

Title: Marketing and Communications Manager at Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity

E-mail: Trisha.Pintavorn@schabitat.org

Office: 770-477-2367

Our 200th Habitat Home! Meet Sheneshia

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We are ecstatic to welcome Sheneshia to the Habitat family. She will become our 200th Habitat homeowner this September 2017! Read on to learn a little more about her Habitat journey, and join us on September 23rd to celebrate 200 homes.

Please tell us a little about you and your family.

My name is Sheneshia Anderson and I am 38 years old. I have a very good heart, I love to help people, and I love to laugh. I have a son named DeMario Anderson who is 19 years old. He is very playful and has a heart of gold, he will actually give you the clothes off of his body!

How does your family spend quality time? What are your hobbies?

My family and I love to travel and just enjoy each other’s company. We love to have family gatherings and go to sporting events.

Where do you work?

I work at Genesis Healthcare (Foxglove Center). I have been there for 8 years working as a Certified Nursing Assistant. I also work at Riverwoods Behavioral Health Services.

Why did you apply to be a Habitat homeowner?

I have always wanted to buy a house but never succeeded because of personal reasons like my financial situation. After working on my credit to improve it, I decided to give the program a try.

What are you looking forward to the most when you are a Habitat homeowner?

As a Habitat homeowner, I look forward to knowing that I do not have to sign another lease and wondering whether my rent will increase. My personal goals are to become financially stable, finish school, and continue to volunteer to help future homeowners.

Where do you live now?

I [used to] stay in a 2 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment with my son. I moved out of my apartment in June 2017. If I would have renewed my lease, my rent would have went up another $50. My current living situation right now is with my sister and her family. I know I’m not a burden on them because they love the company, but it’s nothing like having your own.

How did you hear about Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity?

I heard about Southern Crescent Habitat through a family member.

What about Habitat has been the biggest surprise to you?

The response time once I turned in my application in was a surprise because I actually thought it was going to take longer.

Describe the hardships you have faced on your road to the American Dream of homeownership.

The hardships that I have faced are working 2 jobs and making sure my son is well-taken care of while trying to complete all my hours in order to become a Habitat homeowner.

How will your life change once you move into your new home?

My life will be different because I will be able to work on my next goal of becoming financially stable since my living situation is not a burden anymore. It’s like having a load lifted off your chest.

What is the first thing you are going to do in your new home?

The first thing I am going to do in my new home is give thanks to my God all mighty for allowing me to be a homeowner.

What would you like to say to Habitat and the volunteers that are going to help you build your new home?

I would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart to all the volunteers and donors and even those that wanted to participate but couldn’t for making it possible for my son and me to have a place to actually call our own!