When asked what owning a home means to them, Jonathan and his wife, Courtney, both replied, stability. For the Wilson's, homeownership is so much more than just having a place to lay your head at night, it's the beginning of a legacy. "Owning a house and being able to pass it down to our children shows them that the vision of owning a home is in their reach; essentially, it's the pivotal shift from house to home," said Courtney optimistically.
"When you outgrow a particular circumstance, the root of your growth will either die from stunt growth or be forced out to be replanted!
Growth: knowing the difference between complacency and convicted movement!"
Jonathan has always had a heart of service. As an E4 Corporal in the United States Marine Corps., he dedicated four years of his life to serving and protecting his country. Throughout his years of active service, he received several honors and awards including: Navy and Marine Corp. Achievement Medal, Marine Corps. Good Conduct Medal, Sea Services Employment Ribbon, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certification of Appreciation, Meritorious Mast, and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. Even with many accolades, he remains very humble. Jonathan is a proud Marine, but an even prouder father and husband.
The Wilson's value their family and keeps the ideal of "family first" in their hearts, always. They are a God fearing family who enjoys praise and worship; singing and dancing is an often past-time in their household. Both Jonathan and Courtney value physical health and strive to make sure that their boys live active lives. Jay, at the young age of six years old, enjoys soccer and track, while Josh, who is four loves basketball. He also enjoys football along with his older brother D'Mario, who is fourteen. They love and support each other so much that they have a "Team Wilson" chant!
Courtney, who is a Mental Health Professional and an adjunct professor of Health Science at Community Christian College, attributes her career as an educator to her husband, Jonathan. When they lived in California, it was his network of colleagues and friends that introduced her to the world of teaching. They cherish their memories of driving coast to coast across the country to visit family and friends back home in South Carolina. Now that they reside here in Sumter, they are excited to be parterning with Habitat and the SC Association of REALTORS to build their forever home.
Jonathan first began his journey with Sumter Habitat for Humanity as a volunteer out of a desire to give back. He heard about the Veteran Build opportunity while working in our Sumter Habitat ReStore and knew it was a great opportunity for him and his family - he had to try. When reflecting on his time so far with Habitat, he believes the greatest take-away from this partnership is being able to observe how Habitat helps families and contributes to the Sumter community. For Courtney, her appreciation of the Homeownership Program stems from her ability to actively invest in something that is far greater than herself. She recollects working on her neighbor's home and how simply putting in the sweat equity hours afforded the opportunity to gain a new skill set she otherwise would have never been exposed to.
When asked for a word of advice to give anyone considering applying for the Homeownership Program Jonathan references this famously anonymous quote:
It's impossible said pride. It's risky said experience. It's pointless said reason.
Give it a try, said the heart.
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