Ms. Evelyn’s Story
Ms. Evelyn was raised in Sharswood, North Philadelphia in a large family and has spent most of her life in the neighborhood. 25 years ago, Ms. Evelyn bought a home in Sharswood in need of repair. The drain line was corroded, there were holes in the walls, and the utilities were outdated. However, for years, she and her brothers did their best to ensure that the house was a safe place for her grandchildren and great-granddaughter to live.
Eventually, the repairs became too extensive for Ms. Evelyn and her family. Philadelphia License and Inspections mandated that she repair a bulging wall on the second floor, but she was denied entry to a state-funded repair program. The project was too expensive. Concerned and lost, Evelyn turned to her neighbors. That’s when she learned about Habitat for Humanity and their repair program. The moment she was accepted, Ms. Evelyn cried tears of joy.
Ms. Evelyn is a well-known, active member of the Sharswood community. She is one of the two original homeowners that still reside on her block. To her, North Philadelphia is a place for family and community to gather. Evelyn has a busy schedule: she takes care of 12-year-old great-granddaughter Asiyah, attends a grandparents’ class, a senior citizens’ class, and her church of 28 years. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, and frequently knits gifts for friends and neighbors. She loves having people in her home for every event and is especially excited to decorate her whole house for Christmas.