For Tara, a single mother’s primary duty is to her children. Many times, and in Tara’s case, expenses associated with home repairs take second place.
Blue is right where she wants to be. She is in her new, white, black-trimmed five-bedroom home with her husband and two children. However, her feeling is built on more than an address.
Gjornae’s sky-blue five-bedroom, two-bathroom home just east of what was the abandoned, former Wintergreen Apartments site is more than a home.
Mary has lived in her house for more than 45 years. She moved there in 1977 with her young children when her mother needed assistance.
Every day, we see the transformative power of someone owning their own home. In 1998, Tara was dreaming of becoming a homeowner. A divorced mother of three small children, she was renting and working full-time, but still having a difficult time making ends meet.
To start off National Homeownership Month, we would like to share a story that debuted at our Women’s Power Luncheon this year. Meet Joseph.
“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something. My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can, with whatever I have, to make a difference.”
Habitat Omaha’s Home Repair Program allows local senior to stay in her home. After seeing Habitat Omaha flyers and hearing about them from neighbors, it motivated her to call the organization. Betty was able to qualify for a loan through Habitat Omaha, choose a contractor and move forward to get the work done. Within three days of being approved, contractors were working on the roof.
Under the leadership of Habitat Omaha’s Margie Schill and Benson High’s Thom Sibbitt, the students hauled lumber, read plans and worked with staff to install the green plate on the foundation, the first step in installing wood framing for the five-bedroom home.
Affordable housing in Omaha has been helped, in part, by three women and numerous women volunteers over nearly three decades. Mona and her “girls”, Norma and Meredith, are one unstoppable team that has contributed thousands of hours to build hundreds of houses to help build a strong community.