Carla and Melvin
Dedication Date: June 12, 2018
At any time, any one of us could be in a position where we are left homeless. Carla and Melvin both have a heart of gold that they bless others with daily and are so happy to be able to receive their blessing of a home to call their own through the Habitat Cabarrus Homeownership program.
Dedication Date: May 22, 2018
Paditra’s journey began in Wilkesboro, NC. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother of three children but began to experience turmoil in her home due to domestic violence caused by her husband. He even began to mistreat the children. At that moment in her life, she decided to take her children, drive to Salisbury and move into a battered women’s shelter where her and her children would be safe.
Dedication Date: April 14, 2018
The 2017 CommUNITY Build new home will be for Latasha, her 14-year- old daughter and her son’s two-year-old daughter. Latasha currently lives in Concord and is looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start from her current situation.
Dedication Date: December 12, 2017
Jenni was broken. Broken in spirit and body from her abusive marriage. In the summer of 2012 she gathered her courage and her son and walked out into – nothing. Homelessness with a young child was still better than staying in a house filled with fear, violence, and pain.
Dedication Date: December 4, 2017
Joseph came to Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus looking for a home to call his own where he would be able to settle down and start a family. Joseph was a fork lift driver and was laid off during the recession. He was determined to become qualified for a job that would remain in high demand so that he would not be at risk to be laid off again.
Dedication Date: July 11, 2017
Denisha is used to looking ahead of her current position. She constantly scans her surroundings and adjusts her direction and speed to navigate the safest course. Denisha transports precious cargo to and from Cabarrus County schools in her bright yellow bus each weekday. She takes the safety of all “her” children very seriously.
As a single mother Denisha struggled to find affordable housing for her family. Her two-bedroom rental took nearly half her earnings just to cover rent costs. Her roof leaked. There were visible gaps between the floor and wall. Between the gaps and completely inadequate insulation, the interior temperatures were either too hot in the summer or quite cold in the winter.
But safety is what speaks to Denisha’s heart and this was not a safe place to raise two active toddlers. Uncovered electrical outlets exposed wiring to curious little hands. The doors never quite closed and latched completely. In a good neighborhood her concern would be about keeping the children IN… However in a marginal neighborhood Denisha also worried about keeping other people OUT. But the final straw was the neighbor’s aggressive dog that came into Denisha’s backyard through holes in the fence. Her children weren’t safe inside or outside their home.
Denisha heard about Habitat through a co-worker and applied for the program in 2014. It’s taken Denisha awhile to complete the home ownership program due to an injury that kept her out of work and prevented her from building sweat equity hours for several months. But Denisha was determined to provide long-term safety and stability for her kids so she diligently attended financial education meetings in the interim. Denisha persevered and is on track to move into her home early in 2017