Hello Freinds! One of the fondest memories I have of being young in Chicago was helping build just one home for a family in need through Habitat for Humanity. I loved the people I worked with and the feeling I got from helping provide safe housing. I've joined a team to help build a home on August 17th for the Duffie family in Gurnee. Please read Tanya Duffie's story below. If you'd like to help build or help by donating a small amount to the project, please do!!!! I think you'll find it as rewarding as I did. Best wishes to you all.
WHAT HAVING A HOME MEANS TO ME
By Tanya Duffie, Jan. 2019
"Hello, my name is Tanya Duffie and I am the proud mother of 4 beautiful children, 3 sons, ages 1, 9, and 19 and one daughter, age 16. My family and I rent a three-bedroom townhouse in Gurnee. I am excited to dive into the New Year and start building my home,
Right now my 9 year old son is afraid of going outside because he might get jumped. I have no control over who is in my apartment complex. In the living room, there is structural damage in the floor, which creates an unsafe area to stand. Until the damage is repaired, my children and I have to be careful where we walk. During the repairs, my family of five will need to live in a hotel room. On top of that, my family and I have asthma, but my neighbors break the rules and smoke making it hard to breathe.
Having a house, which we will call home, means the world to us. I will finally have control over my living situation. Our home is frequently inspected by the property owner and I am excited to no longer have a landlord. Our home will be a place where my children can grow up, feel comfortable and be safe. Being a Habitat homeowner will be such a blessing. I look forward to gardening and creating memories with my children.
Thank you Habitat for Humanity Lake County for this blessing and the opportunity for my family. Thank you to the volunteers that will help me build my house and the sponsors for your acts of kindness. God is good and I am a believer that dreams do come true.