Bridget grew up in foster care, and never had the stability she wanted. She describes her transition to adulthood as “rough.” She faced struggles but was willing to tackle the slow, steady road to stability so she could give her daughters more. She says that prayer and her church family are what helped push her through the process.
Bridget learned about our Home Buying Program through her church. The congregation helped build homes, and members encouraged her to apply for the program. Though Bridget was hesitant at first, she applied and was accepted!
Bridget had been working away at her sweat-equity hours. She learned new things like how to side houses and other skills from our construction team. In early March, members Wesley United Methodist Church gathered with Habitat to help host a stud signing event. Members of her congregation wrote messages of encouragement and blessings on 2×4 boards that our construction team would use to build her home.
Stud Signing at Wesley United Methodist Church
Julia, Bridget’s older daughter, was very adamant that her board would be placed in her room. And Gabby, the little one, scribbled on a few boards. She’s not old enough yet to understand the significance of her scribbles!
Construction had begun on Bridget’s home, and members of the church were signed up for multiple volunteer days that were planned in April and May. And then life changed drastically for everyone. Due to current circumstances, the use of volunteers has been put on hold for the safety of our staff and volunteers.
Though we are unable to have volunteers out, our construction team is still hard at work on Bridget’s home. They took the signed studs from Wesley and used them to build the wall that would be placed between her daughter’s room, just like the girls hoped for.
Habitat is operating a little differently right now, but Bridget is still on her way to moving into her Habitat home.
The reward of stability is encouraging Bridget to keep pushing on. She says, “This is just a really great opportunity. It’s going to give me stability and structure. My kids won’t have to move every year and we won’t be renting. It’ll be ours and that’s huge.”
Bridget’s Homebuyer story.