“I applied for a Habitat home because I wanted my kids to have a happy, safe, place to call home. I just want stability in their lives.”
Karisa, a single mother of three young children, will be purchasing Habitat for Humanity Clay & Yankton Counties 42nd home in 2018.
Karisa, like more than half of all hardworking wage earners, have made at least one trade off in the last three years to cover housing costs. Trade offs include working overtime, taking a second job, cutting back on health care and daycare expenses, and moving to less safe neighborhoods. “I think that having a safe place to live will give my children a sense of security and boost their self-worth.”
Karisa hopes that her children will see that through hard work and self-discipline you can conquer everyday struggles and accomplish your dreams. Karisa has encouraged her children to get involved with earning sweat equity hours by participating in community events. She feels that leading by example, her children will witness the good feeling that comes from making a difference.
Karisa currently lives in a small two-bedroom apartment that has no room for her kids to have their own space to play. The busy street and parking lot in front of the apartment is a constant worry. With the purchase of her Habitat for Humanity home Karisa and her children will have a yard away from the street to explore, room for each child to be creative and grow, and a safe stable environment.
Karisa is well on her way to completing her sweat equity and volunteer hours for her home. She is so grateful to Habitat, our volunteers and financial supporters for giving her the opportunity to purchase a safe affordable home for her family. Your financial support will also help bring strength, stability and self- reliance to Karisa and future Habitat families in our community who need a safe affordable place to grow.