Both Carless and Paul have always wanted a family—but they knew their poor living conditions stood in the way of this dream. Due to an elderly landlord and the cost of repairs far outweighing the worth of the house, their home has grown less and less safe: the floor is rotting, windows are taped up, pipes are exposed, there are electrical problems, and the toilet has to be manually flushed each time. The house is extremely unsafe for children, and extremely unsafe for them. They finally reached out to Lafayette Habitat for a change.
In just a few years, Carless and Paul completed their 450 hours of sweat equity work, and were happy beyond measure when they were told their home would be built soon. “I wanted everything to work out fast,” admitted Carless, “but I’ve learned to be patient. It’s a process, but if it’s meant to be, it will happen.”
Paul enjoyed working with volunteers the most throughout this process. “Meeting so many volunteers from all over the states is inspiring. There are so many people working together from homeowners, to volunteers, to the Habitat staff. It takes dedication to make this happen.”
As they worked on their sweat equity, they attended Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and were able to make positive changes to their finances. They’ve started to pay off debt and won’t buy something unless they can pay cash in full. These new practices are helping the couple come closer than ever to achieving their goals.
Paul has plans to plant a garden and looks forward to conveniences the new location will afford. Most importantly, though, the couple can’t wait to adopt and foster children. “I’ve always wanted a home of my own so we can help those children who are not easily adopted. We want to make a place for kids to enjoy a better life,” said Carless. Construction of the Veillon home began in April 2016 and the family’s home dedication was held in October 2016.