“This new home will provide our family with a stable home,” said Regina. “I can’t wait for my children to have their own rooms and to live in a neighborhood with other children.”
Regina Miller and her two children currently live in Hillsborough, NC where they share a bedroom. They are living with eight other relatives in a three bedroom home. “We relocated here from the coast about three years ago to be closer to family, and living with our family was our best option,” said Regina. “It has been a great fit for our family, but now we are ready to have our own space and own a home we can grow in for years to come.”
Regina works at the Orange County clerk’s office as a Deputy Clerk. She loves her job and everyone she works with. When Regina isn’t working, her and her children like to get outside and explore local parks and see things. They like to be adventurous. “I am really proud of my mom,” said Aiden. “She is going to be able to afford a great home for us and that is great.”
Gerardo and Ilail Tengono were living in Colombia, but their two children and three grandkids were residing in the United States. With a strong desire to be closer to their family, they decided to uproot their lives and move to America. With the help of their son-in-law, they were sponsored and welcomed to North Carolina.
The Tengono’s wanted to find a stable home that they could invest in for years to come, and were disappointed to find out that they didn’t qualify for a conventional loan. After a friend told them about the Habitat program, they began volunteering and learning about the homebuyer process. Through a lot of planning and saving, they qualified for the program and began to work toward becoming a Habitat homeowner.
“Habitat opened the door and turned the light on for us,” said Gerardo. “We are so happy to participate in this program because it is a real opportunity for us. To be able to volunteer and give our devotion and love to other families while building our own, it’s beautiful.” Gerardo now dedicates his weekdays to serving on the Habitat construction site and has become a regular to staff and volunteers. He says he will continue to serve on the site after his home is completed.
Latoya Mewborn works at the Stratford as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). She has worked there for over four years and loves being able to put a smile on residents’ faces. “I think of the residents as other members of my family and try to make them laugh and feel loved throughout the day,” said Latoya.
Latoya, her mother and her three children currently live in a cramped apartment that is infested with mold and usually smells of gas. The property owners refuse to fix these issues and it has caused eight-year-old Lataijah to develop asthma. The other two children are constantly fighting bronchitis due to poor air flow and mildew in the home. With the front door opening onto a major road, it leaves limited space for the children to play outside as well.
“I want a home where my kids can play tag and soccer in the yard,” said Latoya. “A home where we can grow fresh veggies in the yard and encourage the kids to play outside.” This new Habitat home will mean that Latoya and her children will no longer have to move from house to house, but that they will have a stable, affordable, and safe home to live and grow in.