Single Mother Builds Future for her Family with Habitat for Humanity
Jessica Prophete was a statistic, a teenage mom and high school dropout, but she also had a dream. Living in North Carolina with her two children, Yesenia (9) and Elijah (7), she learned about Habitat for Humanity's mission to provide affordable housing. When her family relocated back to Seminole County, she began frequenting the ReStores in search of more information. "When I heard about the homebuyer program, I knew that it was the perfect opportunity for myself and my children." Having moved several times already and her daughter now in her third elementary school, Jessica was determined to provide a better life for her family.
When Jessica found out she had been selected as a homebuyer partner, she recalls screaming in her car and calling her brother to share the news. Jessica's journey to homeownership is just beginning. She will spend the next year attending courses that cover everything from financial literacy to how to be a good neighbor, in addition to completing at least 200 hours of sweat equity. But she is no stranger to hard work. “I’m a statistic and I made it. I’ve turned my life from ‘high school dropout and teenage mom’ to ‘college graduate, second in my class and class salutatorian”. Landing a job as a medical billing specialist, she can now add future homeowner to that list.
“I’m excited to start my sweat equity- my family and friends are joyful and willing to help too! I am grateful to give back to the community, that’s a blessing to me.”