In 2018 life changed for Habitat for Humanity family, Amanda S. and her daughters. During the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County built 21 homes for 50 children and their families! One of those families is Amanda’s.

Homeowner Amanda Smith at the 2018 Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in St. Joseph County, Indiana, August, 2018.

Like all our Habitat Families, Amanda had to qualify for her home, agree to partner with Habitat, and have the ability to pay. That means Amanda played a hands-on role in the homeownership process, beginning with the sweat equity hours and working alongside volunteers to help build her home. Amanda also attended required financial education and budget-planning classes to help put her and her daughters on the road to success!

Amanda (far right) with her daughters Sonya and Alexis in 2018

Since 2018, Amanda S. and her girls have grown and are working toward some personal goals. They have added a four-legged family member named, Ruby Rose who has stolen their heart. Daughter Sonya has graduated high school and is now attending Indiana University in South Bend. Daughter Alexis is in an early college program in high school. Additionally, Amanda quit smoking and is taking better care of herself.

Amanda, Sonya, Alexis, and Ruby at their home. April 2021

When asked what she would like future homeowners, donors, and volunteers to know about working with Habitat for Humanity to make homeownership a reality, Amanda responded, “It’s totally worth it! No regrets!” Her favorite part of being a homeowner is she can make her home what she wants it to be without restrictions of being a renter. Amanda loves her yard and enjoys making her house a home!

Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County works to bring strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. Dedicated families, volunteers, and donors work together to bring folks together to build homes, communities, and hope.

To help a family just like Amanda’s click here! https://www.hfhsjc.org/donate/

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