A Mother's Wish Come True
A note from our Executive Coordinator, Chris Schindler
Hey everyone! Chris here, and I wanted to tell you about a
cool little moment that happened a few weeks ago.
Our most recent partner family is Carmen and her two daughters, Naima and Jaeda. You may have heard me talk about them in a
video, or maybe you read about them in our latest appeals letter. In a nutshell, Carmen and her girls are stuck
living in a basement that, to say the least, really isn’t a place to be living
in. It’s dark, it’s dank, it’s wet…it’s
not cool. As you can probably imagine,
they’re pretty excited about the prospect of getting a brand new house built
for them to live in, and I got to see that excitement first-hand at our Faith
Carmen came out to do some of her sweat-equity hours one day, went home to
clean up, and returned to the site with her girls after our volunteers had gone
home. The structure of the Faith Build
home was constructed enough that it actually looked like a house: the roof was
on, the walls were up, the windows were in, etc. So the moment those two little ladies jumped
out of the car, they were practically dancing their way up to the front of the
house. (Naima actually was dancing. Like, non-stop. She was so excited that she literally
couldn’t stop moving!) So I said,
“Hey! You two want a tour of the
house? ‘Cause this one’s probably a lot
like the one we’re gonna build for you guys next year!”
Wide eyes and even more ecstatic movement was a clear “Yes.”
I took them into the house, pointed out what the different rooms were, and gave
them ideas about what they could do with each room. As their eyes darted from place to place and
their minds began to form different ideas of what their home was going to look
like, the excitement just kept growing.
Carmen was absolutely beaming watching
this spectacle go on, and I couldn’t have wiped the smile off my face if my
life had depended on it.
What was so awesome about this moment was that we are, in fact, going to build
this little family a house. It’s
happening next year; this is happening! All of the excitement Carmen’s daughters were
projecting was mounting towards the day that they finally get to leave the
basement and move into their very own home.
On that day, this family’s life will be changed for the better, and that
“better” will be permanent.
As the girls twirled and frolicked through the house, overwhelming feelings of joy
and justice ran through me. Fox Valley
Habitat for Humanity is literally righting a wrong that has woven its way
through our society: a severe lack of affordable housing for wonderful families
like Carmen, Naima, and Jaeda, who truly need it. I look forward to the day that these three are
standing on their front porch as we dedicate their home and they finally move
into a place of their own.
And I just know that on that day those girls will dance like they’ve never
“We build the dream of a house into the reality of a home.”
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Rubi (left) Carmen (right) Rubi, Jeff Barrett- FVHH CEO, Carmen