Providing her daughter with a comfortable, safe home to be proud of was Christie’s key motivation when she applied to be a Habitat for Humanity Partner Family.

Renting on a single income has meant multiple moves in recent years for Christie and her daughter, Veda. The house they were in when applying to Habitat for Humanity had countless maintenance issues and was, “Very cramped and not conducive to practicing our hobbies or having guests over,” says Christie. For instance, the kitchen can only fit one person at a time, so Christie was unable to teaching Veda cooking and baking skills. They were also in urgent need for Veda’s homeschooling.

Christie was “Overjoyed and relieved” to learn she and Veda had been selected as a Habitat Partner Family. “Having secure, affordable housing is a blessing and one I believe everyone should have access to,” she added. “The ability to rest and nest in a way we never had is a huge stress relief. I am so grateful to Habitat for Humanity; staff, sponsors and the many volunteers who made this possible for my family.”

Christie volunteers at Meals on the Ground and the Duncan ReStore, while Veda volunteers for a Cowichan youth gardening project. Christie is positive the stability that comes with partnering with Habitat will, “free up some energetic space and allow us to contribute to our community in a more meaningful way.”

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“It allows me to feel empowered and to provide well for my family.”