Six years ago Chandon Mouton was working at Home Depot when she met Stew, one of Lafayette Habitat’s construction site supervisors. The two got to know one another and Chandon learned about Habitat’s homeownership program. With Stew’s encouragement, Chandon applied and was admitted into the program in 2013.
Taking care of three children, Caiden (5), Hailey (7), and Landon (8), working full time, and completing her monthly sweat equity requirement has sometimes been overwhelming for Chandon, but has never distracted her from owning her own home. She learned to work through the frustrations and setbacks that may arise in order to achieve her goal: “I’m able to do things [I didn’t think I could]. If I try hard and keep at it, I won’t give up.”
Chandon enjoyed her time in the Habitat program, especially the courses she took, which prepared her for the home buying process. Additionally, Chandon has shared her lessons with her kids, teaching them about the importance of saving money. In fact, the three siblings opened their own bank account and decided to save money to purchase a trampoline to put in the yard of their new home.
Since entering into the program, Chandon has made other positive changes for her and her family. She applied for a nursing program and is set to go back to school in August 2017. She’s always been a caregiver and hopes to work with the elderly once she graduates.
Chandon looks forward to becoming neighbors with the other families she’s worked with over the course of her partnership. “We’ve grown close, our kids can grow together, and everyone can look out for each other. It’s really a sense of security and home.” Construction of the Mouton home began in January 2017 and the family celebrated their home dedication at the end of July 2017.