Wearing a t-shirt commemorating the life of her late mother, and surrounded by family and volunteers, Veronica received the key to her new home and a new chapter in her life. “This journey has been a prayer answered,” she said. “I asked God to help me with a lot of things, and during this journey with Habitat, a lot of those prayers have been answered.”
The single mom of three proudly calls Lehigh Acres home, but her current living situation doesn’t meet her family’s needs. “Where we currently live, [the kids’] bathtub doesn’t drain well, so we all take turns showering in my bathroom,” Veronica explained. “The rooms in our current house are very small so sharing a room is very hard.”
Over the past year, she juggled working a full-time job, raising three children and contributing 300 hours of sweat equity helping to build her home and the future homes of other Affordable Homeownership Program participants.
Soon, she’ll be moving into a brand-new four-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Lehigh Acres built mostly by women, as part of Habitat’s Women Build initiative. Women Build engages women in the effort to provide safe and decent homes for families in need of affordable housing.
“To be surrounded by so many women, it [filled] my heart,” she said. At a recent home dedication, it was hard for her to hold back tears. “I just wanted to thank you all for helping me,” Veronica shared. “And fulfilling dreams I never thought would be fulfilled.”
Thank you to our Women Build SuperPeople, fundraising teams, donors volunteers, and sponsors: FineMark National Bank & Trust, Aubuchon Team of Companies, Edison National Bank, Alan Einhorn & Vicki Cooper, John & Lesley Hill, Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association, Habitat ReStores of Lee and Hendry Counties, Suffolk, Suncoast Credit Union, Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group, Victory Layne Chevrolet, Wells Fargo, and Zonta Foundation of Southwest Florida. Because of your support, Veronica and her children now have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home.