Building a community for her daughters
May 7, 2018
Priscilla is a hardworking mom who can’t wait to become a Habitat homeowner later this year. She is the mother of two energetic young daughters, ages 6 and 3, and she is finishing her training to become a police officer.
She came to Denver and moved her girls in with her parents when she split from her ex. “I essentially started from ground zero,” Priscilla says. “I had several temporary jobs, but nothing secure until I got my job in law enforcement. Even then, with two kids, it’s hard to stay on top of everything, much less save for a downpayment.”
Priscilla and her daughters now live in an apartment, but she longs for a place of their own where her kids can safely play outside. “We’re on the third floor in an apartment and don’t have a backyard. I feel bad when I tell them they can’t run and jump around, because I want them to be able to be kids.”
The home Priscilla will be purchasing with Habitat is located a block away from her parents' house. “As a single mom, my parents watch my kids all the time and having my kids right next to my parents’ house and having parks nearby will be great for them.”
Excited about the “sweat equity” component of her partnership, Priscilla shares, “I’m looking forward to making this home my own and I’m excited to learn how to build it.”
And building alongside other Habitat partner families, is important for Priscilla too. “Community is so important. I feel isolated in my apartment right now. Getting out there and meeting other people in my community, building alongside my neighbors, and being able to trust my neighbors will be great.”
“Thank you to sponsors and volunteers for making this possible. I would have had to wait 20 years before buying a house,” says Pricilla. “Thank you for making this possible, because otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to do this.