I am disabled and lived with my two children in a substandard apartment for 15 years. I couldn’t use my walker in the bathroom as it wouldn’t fit through the door and the hallway leading into the bathroom. There was mold throughout the bathroom.
The carpet was old, ripped, and buckled when I moved in there. My landlord never replaced the carpet the entire time I lived there. Being a single parent, it was the only housing I could afford since I was on disability.
One day at physical therapy, my therapist recommended that I apply for a Habitat for Humanity home. I went ahead and applied and qualified for a home.
We started to build my home in July 2005. My build was a “corporate build,” so employees of area corporations helped to build my home. My friends and family also helped. Because of my disability, I was not able to do a lot on the actual building, but I contributed by helping out fixing the lunches and beverages for the workers, and did some running to get supplies.
My home was completed in October 2005. They made the home handicap-accessible, including a ramp to the back door, first-floor laundry, no-barrier shower, along with other things. My daughter is hard of hearing, so they installed smoke alarms that have strobe lights and made them extremely loud. They also installed a doorbell that flashes lights on the first and second floors so that she can see when someone is at the door. There was a security system installed as a house-warming gift from my former boss.
I love my home. I can now maneuver around my house without any barriers. I would have never been able to own my own home if it wasn’t for Habitat for Humanity.