DuPage Habitat for Humanity Helps Mother Build Future For Her Children
Jackie is finally able to give her kids the gift of home, thanks to her partnership with DuPage Habitat.
On Thursday, April 11, Jackie finally received the key to her new home, after tirelessly completing her 250 sweat equity hours. At the dedication of her new house, she thanked DuPage Habitat, volunteers who helped complete her home, and God for giving her the opportunity to build stability for her family. Both of Jackie's kids can stay in the same school, and their home is located in the same neighborhood as many of her daughter's friends.
Jackie first found the DuPage Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Program while searching for a way to help her parents repair their home. She had recently moved back in with them after going through a divorce and becoming homeless. Even though she only had two children of her own, she quickly became the head of household, with eight people relying on her. She admits it wasn’t easy, especially while trying to hold down a full-time job in the hospitality field with an ever-changing schedule.
Jackie says, “When I walked into the DuPage Habitat Home Ownership Information Session, I really had no idea that my life was about to change. What I thought would be a few necessary repairs to my parents’ home turned into the chance of a lifetime for my kids and me.”
Something that will fulfill her and was one of her personal goals when she stepped foot into her parents’ home, was to one day to provide her children with a place they would be proud to call home.
While completing her sweat equity hours, Jackie said, “I’m trying to put my whole heart into this sweat equity period. The work is hard, but I have the inspiration to keep going. My kids inspire me to work hard toward homeownership. Nothing will make me happier than to see their smiles when I show them the keys to their new home.”
Now, Jackie has the keys to the home she and her kids have been dreaming of and working toward. She’s gracious for the help she’s received on her journey, saying the best part has been: “The generous volunteers and other future homeowners I’ve been meeting along the way. What I’m looking forward to through this journey of homeownership is to have fun, while learning new things and gaining new experiences. Foremost, be of assistance to other families in need and see joy in their faces.”
“Being a DuPage Habitat future homeowner has impacted my life. I learned that there are many compassionate, caring people like myself out there that seek the same goal to enhance the lives of others, and that it’s okay to ask for help when you need it,” Jackie said. “Also, thanks to DuPage Habitat, I learned that there is a light at the end of my tunnel, and with so many caring people I’ve met and will continue meeting, my family will be okay because of the unity and support.”
Jackie’s children have helped her through the hard times, and she’s so excited to see what lies ahead for them. Her 12-year-old daughter, Jasmine, helped Jackie keep the five other children in her parents’ home in line. Jackie describes her as “very mature and nurturing, like a mini version of myself.” Jona, her 9-year-old son, hides behind a shy exterior but can make a room light up with laughter a moment later. His comedic personality helps keep the family in good spirits.
“Though I found the program by accident, I am so grateful to have the opportunity. All I can say is that things happen the way they do for a reason, and I am glad I found DuPage Habitat and the courage to fill out the application for home ownership,” Jackie said.
You can give some of your own time to help a future homeowner like Jacqueline. Call us at (630) 510-3737 ext. 314 to find out how you can volunteer on a DuPage Habitat build site and work alongside a future homeowner, or check for open opportunities here.