There was a time in her life when Wanda Savoy had one urgent goal: to find safe shelter for herself and her 2 young children. After bravely leaving an abusive relationship, she had nowhere to turn except to Lafayette’s charitable organizations. With their help, Wanda was able to get back on her feet, but her living situation remained precarious. After paying high rent month after month to landlords who would refuse to do basic maintenance, Wanda almost lost hope. Moreoever, a stable, decent place to rent seemed out of reach, let alone the possibility of owning a home of her own. Then she heard about Habitat’s homeownership program.
After she applied and was accepted to the program, Wanda told Habitat, “This is going to be my dream house. Because of all we’ve been through, I have learned so much and am closer than ever with my kids, who are simply amazing. I’ve come to depend on myself, instead of on men or others.” Wanda’s impressive work ethic was immediately apparent as she completed up to forty hours of sweat equity a month — five times the minimum requirement — while also holding down a full-time job with irregular hours and taking care of her children. Because of her unwavering dedication and perseverance, she will soon be moving into her home in November 2013, closing her mortgage, and creating a firm foundation for her family’s future.