For Charnelle, home is more than four walls. Home will mean safety and independence for her children. It will mean the chance to be and do the good in this world that her family dreams about. By partnering with Sumter Habitat, Charnelle is working to make these dreams a reality.
"For anyone who wants to become a homeowner but just can’t see how they can yet…I'm telling you to just try. Fill out the application because you just never know. Working with Habitat for Humanity is a really great opportunity for my family and it can be for yours too."
N Habitat for Humanity home starts with the families who partner with us to build or improve a place they can call home. Families like Charnelle and her two children, Cyontae (15) and Gnaye (7).
There is one constant for the family, fear. Though Charnelle works a full-time job as a Certified CNA, the family is not able to afford a place to live in a safe area. Their neighborhood is filled with gang and gun violence and it isn't uncommon for the house to be broken into. Charnelle is ready for her children to live somewhere where they will feel safe enough to play in their own yard.
Charnelle began her journey with Sumter Habtiat a few months ago and is working hard on fulfilling her sweat equity hours on the Habitat Build sites and in the ReStore. When there is a chance, Cyontae joins his mom putting in hours. Charnelle believes the more engaged her family is in the process, the more the house will become the home that they deserve.
"With the work that I do, you come face to face with how fragile life is all the time. You never know when or what will happen to you or your loved ones. If anything were to happen to me, I want my children to have a home that is theirs. This home will mean a place of safety and security for my family."
Owning a Habitat home means so much to Charnelle and her family. "It will feel like I’m HOME instead of just a place I live in. It will be a safe place for my family. I think that it will open up a lot of opportunities for us like me going back to school for my MPN and my children furthering their educations. It will mean freedom. Owning a home that is in a safe place where our neighbors are Habitat homeowners as well will be such a relief."
For Cyontae, his dreams are already sky high. He loves playing football and hopes to continue as long as he can. His real dream is to become an entrepreneur, working in engineering and/or welding for projects that will do good in the world.
Gnyae has already decided that her room will be filled with all things unicorn and color. While she may not be able to help her mom and brother with sweat equity hours in the ReStore, she’s very excited to help by sharing jokes and stories of what she wants her future home to look like.
Safe and stable housing is essential to the healthy growth and development of children like Cyontae and Gnyae. Your support helps more parents in Sumter build decent and safe homes for their children to grow in. Give the gift of home today!