Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity


Carmen's Story

“My life before Habitat for Humanity consisted of a lot of moving. In ten years, we moved seven times. It was really hard on Naima and Jaeda, especially when they were already in school. Sometimes we would move because the lease would end and the girls would have to make new friends and get used to new routines. Sometimes whatever was being taught in school was different at the new school whether it was easier or harder so it was really challenging for the girls as they got older.

“I was fortunate enough to grow up in a home with my parents and my two siblings. That’s the kind of home that I wished for my children. I want them to have a stable home a forever home. They've been waiting for their own home, their own bedrooms, so I know they'll be very excited to receive the keys to the house.

“Everything changed when I was accepted into the Habitat program it changed everything I was feeling and my spirits were lifted. And it showed me I was going to be able to provide a home for my kids. I am thankful that Habitat gave me that opportunity.”