"24 years ago I moved from Chicago's West Side to a small apartment in Joliet with my one-year-old son and another on the way. After my second son was born, I began working as a certified nurse's assistant at a nursing home. One day, a nurse asked me why I wasn't in nursing school. I told her I was waiting to take the entrance exam at Joliet Junior College but working full-time and raising my kids made it difficult. She told me about the LPN program at Joliet Central High School and by the following year I was enrolled.
"I continued to work at the nursing home and take classes during the day. One night, I heard a coworker mention she was helping to build a house through Habitat for Humanity. I asked about the application process and requirements then contacted the director at Habitat. I went to an orientaiton, applied, and after a few months I recieved the call that I was accepted into the Homeownership Program!
"Living in a Habitat home gave me the opportunity to pursue my dreams and the affordable mortgage allowed me to continue my education. Today, I'm a Nurse Practitioner with United Healthcare and working on my Doctorate. Most importantly, Habitat provided me a HOME, not just a house to raise my boys."
- Katerina, Habitat Homeowner