This is the question Ms. Margaret asked skeptically when a friend suggested she reach out to Habitat for home repairs. With social security as her only source of income, she was sure that she would not be able to find the help she needed.
Originally from Atlanta, Ms. Margaret moved to Philadelphia with her father and six brothers at the age of eight. The family settled in West Philly, where Ms. Margaret has lived ever since.
After graduating from Overbrook High School, Ms. Margaret worked in a local nursing home for 21 years and raised her two children. Around the time her first granddaughter was born, she bought her first home, the 130-year-old West Philly row home where she currently resides.
A reconfigured floor plan opens up a hallway wide enough for full access of the first floor of the home, and a brand new, accessible bathroom adjacent to Ms. Margaret’s bedroom is truly life changing.
The beautiful bathroom is a symbol of the independence restored in her life. She dances her way through the wide door to demonstrate how easily and autonomously she can use the sink. In her words, “The best thing in the world that someone could possibly do for me happened because of Habitat’s partnership.”