Alexis Harris is a 28-year-old single parent of twin 3-year-old girls and a 5-year-old boy with disabilities. Alexis has worked for UPS for the past seven years, recently became a certified nurse assistant, and now works as-needed for Goshen Hospital. Once her children are a little older, she plans to complete her nursing degree and become a full-time nurse.
Alexis and her children live in an apartment where she doesn’t feel comfortable letting the kids play outside, so she takes them to her mom’s house or her sister’s house to play.
She’s excited about the opportunities and challenges that owning her own home will present and already has plans to make a backyard oasis for her kids and family gatherings. She also looks forward to having a safe place for her children to play. In addition, Alexis has put in 200 Sweat-Equity hours working construction on others’ homes, working in the Habitat ReStore, and taking financial/homeowner education classes.
She loves that she was forced to step outside her comfort zone while helping with construction and feels better equipped to deal with problems that may come up.
If she could give any words of advice to others working on their dreams, it would be to “Keep God first. Make sure you know what you want to do in life, and even though the going gets tough, you keep going.
She chose her lot in Elkhart on Belmont Avenue. Construction will begin on her home in July 2021. With support from the community, her home will be the 2022 Women Build home.