My Family's Journey Home

Kalesha, Raul, and their four children at the groundbreaking for their new home

Kalesha, Raul, and their four children at the groundbreaking for their new home

Next year, my family will spend our first Christmas in our own home. After years of bouncing between apartments with my husband, Raul, and our four children, I was beginning to feel hopeless. At one point, my family of six was packed into a small, two-bedroom apartment. I felt overwhelmed and knew something had to change. 

I couldn’t have imagined that Habitat for Humanity was already in the process of planning the community that my family’s future home would be in, all thanks to the support of generous donors like you.

My path to homeownership began shortly after confiding in a co-worker that our rent was increasing again. She had been a volunteer with Habitat and explained how dedicated they were to helping families like mine. Six weeks after submitting our application, we received the phone call that changed our lives; we had been accepted! The joy my family felt was unexplainable and surreal. We were going to have a home of our own!

Raul and Kalesha welcoming volunteers to a build day.

Raul and Kalesha welcoming volunteers to a build day.

Once we were accepted, Raul and I got started on the hundreds of hours of sweat equity that every future Habitat homeowner puts in, working on their own home and others. So far, we’ve had the privilege of helping to build the first six Habitat homes in the community we’ll be moving into, Magnolia Place. Soon, we’ll be able to call those families our neighbors. None of this would have been possible without you.

This process of becoming a homeowner has taken a lot of work and a lot of love. As a family, we are beyond excited and cannot wait to begin working on our house in the next few months. 

We are so thankful and blessed for this great opportunity to build memories in our new home- it means so much for my family. It’s a safe place where my children can build memories. It’s knowing that we don’t have to worry about our rent going higher.  It’s my family being able to spend time together because my husband and I won’t have to find second jobs. The thought of it all is very comforting and full of joy. 

Kalesha with family, future neighbors, and volunteers at a dedication ceremony for the first cluster of homes in Magnolia Place.

Kalesha with family, future neighbors, and volunteers at a dedication ceremony for the first cluster of homes in Magnolia Place.

Next spring, my family will receive the keys to the home we built together. We will have helped install the drywall, build the cabinets and paint the walls, but that moment will have been made possible because of you.

I am so thankful for the volunteers and donors that strive to make this program a success and bring hope not just to my family, but all of the families that will come after us.


Gratefully,

 

Every family needs a foundation to build a better future

YOU have the power to help a family like Kalesha's. Habitat works in partnership with local Central Florida families who are caught in the punishing cycles of unpredictable rent increases, overcrowded conditions, or lack of access to affordable housing.

Safe, decent and affordable shelter plays a critical role in helping families create a new cycle. One filled with possibility and hope.

Your gift makes it possible for us to say yes to more families. Will you invest in the future of a local family?

Want to learn more about Habitat's work here in Seminole County and Greater Apopka? Watch the short video here.