Atiya says that the Habitat homeowners helped her through this journey. She grew especially close with another family in her cohort, who settled on their home the same day. Throughout the process, they would text each other messages of encouragement to help each other get through each day—juggling family obligations and every day life with the sweat equity hours needed to build a brighter future. “Having my trust in God and their support got me through.”
“Home is everything. We share it together. Being stable and having security for them [the children] is everything to me.”
Atiya hopes that as her children grow, they learn from the qualities she expressed in her experience, working towards a greater goal so that they can live better lives. 10-year-old Janai already echoes this: “My favorite part of the house is that we’re finally in a home that my mom doesn’t have to rent… and I like the basement because I have all the space to do whatever I want!” In addition, 5-year-old, energetic Aidan loves that he has his own room with two beds.
Atiya sees success and growth in her future. She is still in the infancy of her life as a homeowner, but with her faith, family, and neighbors, she knows that there are good things in store ahead. She is looking forward to the summer months when the family is settled, and she can become more involved in the community.