Building Stronger Families Serita's Story

For many years, Serita and her son dreamed of what it would be like to be homeowners.

They thought about having the right amount of space, a safe neighborhood and neighbors they could bond with, decorating without a landlord’s permission, and getting a good night’s sleep without noise from a nearby apartment.

This year, that dream will come true when they move in to their condo on Plaza Roosevelt.

I look forward to actually owning a home, so as I pay on my mortgage -- it is mine! You work so hard that you want to be able to purchase things to have, and to own a home—so that you can feel safe, secure, and able to invite friends and family over and enjoy what you worked hard for.

Serita’s high school son, Jo'Von, remembers his mom telling him the news that they would be getting a home. “We were excited. Finally! We just immediately started packing up.”

Making their dream become a reality wasn’t always easy, but Serita is used to hard work. She put herself through college without loans, and regularly works 12-hour days in hospital security. When she tried buying a home on her own, she found the process stressful and confusing and didn’t know where to turn to for help. She then learned about Habitat Kent, and the application process was the motivation she needed to improve her credit.

Since being accepted into the program, Serita has participated in the home buyer program’s required classes and construction hours with relish. Even during the global COVID-19 pandemic, Habitat Kent staff and homebuyers quickly adapted to virtual financial literacy classes and a new construction timeline.

Construction sites have been up and running since May, and when you ask about the next few months, Serita’s face lights up. “It’s happening before our eyes. I know it’s a cliché saying, but the sky’s the limit. It will happen if you wish for it and put work into it.” And Jo'Von agrees: “If you work hard, anything is possible.”

You guys are family to us because you’re helping us every step of the way. Habitat is making sure that we fully understand budgeting, we understand everything about our mortgage and just the process of buying a home. I have the resources to help me be successful.
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