2019 United Way Annual Report - Page 48



best financial future that I could possibly have
even volunteering at the Habitat for Humanity
and to grow with that,” Shawnta recalls. “They
ReStore, helping to build others’ homes and
taught me the importance of having my finances
working with a team to construct her own home.
as a behavior. For example, if I wanted to save, I
would do it consistently so that I could develop
She learned about construction, planting seeds
that behavior. Not just, ‘Oh, I’m saving because
and being a part of a community.
I’m in this program.’ I’m saving because it’s the
right thing to do because I have kids and I want
In fact, many who helped build her home were
their future to be [the best].”
also Habitat applicants and eventually became
her neighbors.
Eventually, Shawnta applied for her Habitat for
Humanity home for the third time. This time, she
“It’s just awesome that you get to build your
was accepted.
home and watch it grow from week one to week
four,” she says. “And then you get to meet all
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Once she was in the program, she began
these amazing volunteers who are out there for
taking courses to prepare for home ownership,
you and your family.”
U N ITE D WAY OF M E TR OPOL ITAN N AS HV IL L E





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