When Aline Labbe’ was accepted into Habitat’s homeownership program in 2015, it was truly a victory for her and her family. She had originally applied to the program in 2011, but her application was denied. Instead of giving up when the going got tough, Aline got going. She underwent surgery and was able to overcome her disability, attended South Louisiana Community College (SLCC), and graduated with honors with a degree in criminal justice. Aline laughs, “when I saw I was on a mission, I meant it!” She now works with the Lafayette Sheriff’s Department, a goal she set out to reach when she first applied to SLCC.
Aline is also a full time mom to her granddaughter, Arianana; the two have been together since Arianana’s mother passed away when she was still a toddler. While completing the required 300 sweat equity hours together, the two have become even closer, motivating one another along the way. Aline also credits her parents with giving her the tools she needed to succeed, such as budgeting and managing finances.
Through her hours on both the construction site and in the ReStore, Aline has enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with volunteers; through working together, the volunteers are able to learn more about the homeownership program and the future homeowners themselves. When people pull together, it helps the entire community rise to a better place.
Before long, Aline will purchase her home and is looking forward to the sense of stability that comes with being a homeowner. She looks at this experience as a major achievement saying, “No matter what happens in my life, I’ve still accomplished this goal.”
Aline is familiar with her soon-to-be new neighborhood and is looking forward to being closer to work. But more than that, she hopes that her success can inspire others to make changes in their own lives. “I want Arianana to see that you can’t quit. My father taught me that you can do anything that you put your mind to, no matter how old you are. No matter what difficulties life gives you, believe you can achieve your goals. If you are fully motivated, have a plan and above all, have faith that the Lord will give you all you need to attain it. Then get ready for the amazing journey you will be on.”
Renovations on the current structure began in late spring/early summer of 2016 and the Labbe’ family dedication was held in August 2016.