A Homeowner Story:
Today the Adams household is filled with running, jumping, laughter and hugs. That wasn’t always the case. Back in 2004, single-mom Amy and her son, Nathaniel, lived in a cramped apartment on the north side of Martinsburg. It was just a living room, bedroom, kitchen and bath for the two of them. She had a job working at Wal-Mart and Nate was failing in school. They were getting by, but she thought there had to be something better.
Amy applied for a Habitat house. Not a hammer swinging person, she opted to satisfy her sweat equity requirement by working in the Habitat office and ReStore. Habitat’s budget and home maintenance training were helpful to her.
They, with their toy poodle, moved into their new house and subsequently Amy married her husband Rick and they had a daughter, Maria. Later, they added a black Labrador retriever to the family. A peek in Nate’s room will tell you instantly he’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. And while he’s waiting for little league baseball season to start, he’ll be playing Wii Sports and Playstation games. It’s a sure bet that Maria likes pink since her bedroom is a mass of that color.
Although Amy’s family lives in southern West Virginia, she and Rick have a comfortable living room to entertain friends. In the living room, family photos are on display. An aquarium houses an Oscar fish as the main attraction.
Amy’s house also had a part in her transformation from store employee to business owner. It provided her adequate space to be able to start her own child care business. As part of the process, she had the house inspected before licensing. She takes care of four children ranging in age from one to four. As an added bonus, Maria gets some daily playmates.
The Adams family is in a house – a home – and no longer living in a cramped apartment, but the changes they are experiencing are far greater than just their housing.
** The names of this partner family have been changed to respect their privacy; however, all other details are true.
The first step in the application process is making a call to the Habitat EP Office and talking to an appropriate staff member about your interest. Our phone number is 304-263-3154. Once you have spoken with a Habitat staff member, you will be instructed to complete the following Application Checklist and the Application.