These are challenging times. We recently sold a home to a mother of two children despite the COVID pandemic, economic crisis, and blatant racial discrimination in our country. We are committed to decent and affordable housing for all – no matter race, color, gender or belief. We believe that kindness, compassion and love is part of our core values at Habitat for Humanity, and we will not back down from those who would divide us.
Crystal says she was truly overjoyed when Habitat called. “It was the manifestation of an answered prayer.” She is the mother of two children. Her daughter, an 11 year-old entering Middle School, is a competitive cheerleader, whom Crystal describes as positive, hopeful and a true champion on their journey. Crystal’s son is six years old, entering First Grade, and was born extremely prematurely and has complex medical needs. Despite his many challenges, Crystal shares that he has a loving spirit and a smile that lights up a room.
Needless to say, the family exhibits continued strength, perseverance, hope and positivity on their journey to their “new normal” as Crystal describes life now. “When I learned about the Habitat affordable homeownership program and that they were building Universal Design homes in Prince George’s County, I knew this would be perfect for my family. Purchasing a home that is both affordable and accessible is life-changing for my family and provides a level of long-term security that we did not have before.”
“I am excited about the hands-on opportunity to build our home alongside volunteers, family and friends. We are ready to put in the “sweat equity” as this is truly a blessing for my family and a labor of love.”
Crystal did work hundreds of hours to help build her home. And, it certainly was a labor of love. Our professional construction staff of Preston and John did a great job of completing the home during the pandemic, maintaining physical distancing and strict safety protocols throughout. Thanks to our many sponsors including Women Build and material donations by TW Perry, Thompson Creek Windows, Whirlpool, Bartley Concrete, Ruppert Landscape, and American Custom Contractors.
Universal Design homes provide accessibility because they provide space for wheelchair, walker, or motor scooter use throughout the living space. These homes are built with Energy Star features including spray foam insulation, toxic free materials, and water efficiency.