"My motto is 'Never Give Up.' I used to tell myself I couldn't a lot, but you always can if you keep the right frame of mind."
A Habitat for Humanity house starts with the families who partner with us to build or improve a place they can call home. Families like Shenta and her four young sons, Kayden, Kameron, Keith and Kingston.
The family currently lives in a small two bedroom apartment and, with four growing boys, its bursting at the seams. She looks forward to the day when her children can have their own space to grown in.
Shenta works hard to provide for her boys and has found that her priorities must be her children first always. Through all of her struggles, she always stays resilient because she knows that her children need a strong role model to look up to. She is lucky to have a great support system in her family.
“No matter what, I know I will be okay.” she says. “With God there, I will never fall.”
Shenta’s journey to Sumter Habitat has been one of hope, learning how to love herself and personal growth. “When I found out about the program I was actually in the process of trying to buy a home. I made a goal for myself that in the next two to five years I would have own home. I knew that I would have to work on my credit and save enough money, and I felt that I could accomplish that in this time frame if I worked really hard.”
“I was actually working with a few realtors in the area and was preparing to make some big changes for the better when Habitat for Humanity kind of fell into my lap. One day it came to me that a few years before I had gone to a store called the ReStore to buy some furniture. I didn’t remember much, but I remembered that they helped people build houses. So, I came to check it out and applied as soon as I could!”
Shenta has just begun her journey with Habitat but has already been persistent in doing her sweat equity hours. She says that when her house has begun construction she intends to be there from the moment the foundation is poured until the day her house is complete because she wants to learn as much as she can from the process and experience. She is dedicated to making this her home.
She knows that the hard work that she is putting in will make the day she moves into her home all the sweeter. “Owning a home will mean that I accomplished something. I did not give up and the obstacles that have come along the way did not stop me. I am doing this for my boys so they can keep something that belongs to them.”
“I really want our home to be a place where my children can have the freedom to be as creative as they want and really become themselves. It will be so amazing to say I did this!”
Shenta is most looking forward to having the space to let her children grow and play. But knowing she will have a washer and dryer in the home is very exciting as well!
Her biggest piece of advice to those who are interested in the homeownership program but haven’t applied yet? “Don’t give up hope. Don’t give up the faith. Know that if you’re doing what you need to, you won’t fail.”
We are so excited to introduce Shenta and her family as our newest future homeowners. Interested in learning more about the Homeownership Program? Visit our Homeownership Program page to learn about the requirements to apply for a Habitat home.