"To know that we will own such a well-built home is a great source of comfort to our family. I am so grateful to the community that built this home, and to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island for providing this legacy for my daughters. We are all so thankful and so happy."
This home was originally built by Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island in 2009. In 2012, the homeowner got married and decided to ‘pay it forward’ by returning her home to Habitat Mid-Vancouver Island, so that another family could benefit from the Habitat homeownership program. Meagan, a single mother and her two children, were chosen as the future homeowners.
The apartment that Meagan rented was not well managed. In the four years that she and her daughters lived there, the apartment was infested twice with bed bugs, as well as rats and cockroaches. There were numerous outages of hot water and heat in the entire building and in the public areas, many tenants smoked marijuana. The family then moved to another apartment complex which forced the residents to move out while they renovated the apartments, and then would force them to pay higher rent. Once again Meagan and her children moved, but to get a three-bedroom rental, the rent was much higher.
Meagan worked locally in Ladysmith and was overjoyed at being able to be a homeowner and remain in Ladysmith saying, “To know that we will own such a well-built home is a great source of comfort to our family. I am so grateful to the community that built this home, and to Habitat for Humanity Mid-Vancouver Island for providing this legacy for my daughters. We are all so thankful and so happy.”
After the house was refurbished and Meagan and her children painted the interior, the family moved into their home in March 2013. Nine year old Samantha thought their new home was “amazing” and she and her 7 year old sister Cathryn repainted their bedrooms with their favourite colours. “Mine is pink,” Samantha said, “and Cathryn’s is yellow.” Meagan said “I love it,” adding, “I would never be able to own a house without Habitat, so I’m very thankful for it.“