“I’ve always wanted to own my own home, so now it finally seems like it’s coming.”
Although life had a way of delaying what she already foresaw, Anissa always knew she would be homeowner. She had acquired a mobile home while married, but the living situation was supposed to be temporary. Anissa and her family were scheduled to move into a family member’s renovated house, but plans shifted and she was left to raise her girls in the mobile home. After 18 years of living in the trailer, owning her own home is vital. “The trailer has flooring problems, electrical problems—there are holes in places that I had to seal in. The trailer is depreciating, but I try to make it livable for my girls.”
One day she saw a commercial for Lafayette Habitat for Humanity, and although it caught her interest, she was initially hesitant about the program. “I was weary about it. I’m a very to-myself-person, so I didn’t want to be part of a program that drew negative attention.” Despite her initial doubts, she attended a meeting and was convinced that this was the best decision she could make for her family. “I was trying to do it on my own. I’ve learned to pray and trust God. It’s humbled me. It’s helped me to stay focused.”
Anissa has completed over 170 hours of her sweat equity hours, and her enthusiasm to apply everything that she has learned is evident. After attending Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes, she has seen drastic improvements in the way she handles her finances, propelling her to work diligently to provide for her family and home.
Out of all the things that Anissa anticipates when she moves into her new home, she mostly looks forward to paying a mortgage. “It inspires me to work hard. Trust God, pray and ask. If it’s His will, He will give you the desires of your heart. Just don’t give up.”
Construction of the Alexander family home will begin in 2017.