Habitat for Humanity, Statesville community help single mom realize dream
Shaneka Smith and her son Camdyn pose for a photo in front of their new Habitat home.
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Members of the Statesville community recently joined Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in welcoming home Shaneka Smith and her 6-year-old son Camdyn to Partnership Way.
Sponsoring Smith’s home were a coalition of Statesville churches, businesses, and organizations, including Grace Baptist, First Baptist Church and Broadstreet United Methodist Church, Wastequip, Kewaunee, Levine Foundation, Cashion Foundation, Bank of America and the Rotary Club of Troutman.
Partnering with Our Towns Habitat, she contributed 400 sweat equity hours and attended home ownership classes to receive the key to her new home with an affordable mortgage.
The single mom recently completed her nursing degree and works full-time as a nurse in a local doctor’s office.
Smith, one of seven children, said she first heard of the program through her siblings. Being part of the construction was important to her.
“My favorite part of the building process, other than being able to help give someone else a home, is putting up the walls,” said Smith. “I feel like at that point there is a foundation or structure to what in a few months would become our home.
“My son will be able to have his own backyard to play safely and we will be able to have a place to call our own.”
Since its inception, Our Towns Habitat has assisted over 350 individuals and families become homeowners and completed more than 300 critical repair projects to help elderly or disabled homeowners stay in their homes.
About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues. To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.org