The typical Habitat for Humanity homeowner is not as stereotypical as one often thinks. They come from all walks of life and each has their own story. Here is an excerpt from this story about a Canadian Habitat homeowner and how having a safe, high quality home has changed her and her son’s life.
My name is Lisa Tukker and I live with my little boy, Luca, in a house built by Habitat. I’m so grateful for this secure home that I asked Habitat if I could write a letter of thanks to all the great Habitat donors who have helped families like my own, and to tell you about a special opportunity to help more families than ever before.“I was always worried about money and where we were going to live, but I tried to hide my stress from Luca. He deserved better.”
Before Habitat, I was a single mom trying to raise Luca in a small, cold apartment that used to be a garage. It only had a bar fridge and a hot plate, but it was all I could afford.
I am appreciative of the kind lady who owned the place for helping me when I needed it; but deep down I knew it wasn’t a place to raise my son. I felt trapped. Even though I had a stable job as a pharmacy technician, there was just nothing better available that fit my tight budget.
I was always worried about money and where we were going to live, but I tried to hide my stress from Luca. He deserved better.
One day, someone suggested Habitat.
My first thought was, that’s not for me, because I had the idea that Habitat was a charity that provided housing to the homeless. Wrong! I was excited to discover that Habitat partners with working families to make decent housing affordable. Being a proud person, I liked Habitat’s philosophy of providing “a hand up, not a hand out.”
“The happiest moment of my life was when I walked Luca into that finished house and told him: This is your home.”I learned that I would help build my own house!
I would pay for it myself with a mortgage that Habitat designed to fit my budget.
I dove in and completed my 500 volunteer hours in record time. Even though I had a full-time job, I worked on the site on my days off and on my vacation. Girlfriends even babysat Luca so I could put in extra hours.
The happiest moment of my life was when I walked Luca into that finished house and told him: “This is your home.”
I feel I owe so much back to Habitat, the volunteers who worked so hard on the site and the donors who support families like mine.
Your donations help Habitat cover the costs of building a house, buying land, getting permits, sourcing materials, hiring skilled trade workers and so on.
If you want to help make a difference in someone like Lisa’s life, donate now!