For Shanita, home is much more than a place. It is stability and consistency, something she didn’t always have when growing up. When asked what this house will mean to her, Shanita replied, “I feel that I have something to leave my kids if anything ever happens to me. My own home means a new life for me and my kids.”

On Thursday, April 28, we were present at the home dedication. Habitat staff shared that Shanita is one of the most eager volunteers, ready to give back to Habitat in every way possible. She demonstrated perseverance and dedication to achieve the goal of owning her own home. At the dedication, Shanita expressed her appreciation for the Joy Global employees saying, “Your volunteers welcomed me with open arms. They were helpful, generous and caring.” “I want them to know how appreciative I am and what a blessing they are to my family.”

Shanita’s giving spirit will be a welcome addition to the Washington Park neighborhood and she will be a role model to her neighbors and others.

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