Partner Family Spotlights
The Qaiyim-Conard Family
Keshia is a single mom of three-year-old son Nazareth. She and her son share a small bedroom.
Keshia has worked at Boling Vision Center for six years, and during this time has earned three certificates. The latest certificate she earned was Certified Ophthalmology Coder in July 2019, and in October of 2019, she received a Unanimous Standout from the physicians and plans on beginning her studies for Certified Ophthalmic Tech in 2020. She has earned two raises since she entered the Habitat Homeownership Program in September of 2018.
Keisha learned of the Habitat homeownership program through her cousin. “I am so grateful to be part of this program. I enjoy coming together with other women for a great cause. I have learned that building a house is hard work. Having a Habitat home means I will have a home I can call my own, and we will finally have our own bedrooms."
Focused and driven, Keisha wants to make a better life for herself and her son. “I don’t want to worry about making a mortgage payment or having to work two jobs.” She enjoys quality time with her family. She is creative, bubbly, and always optimistic. Her son, Nazareth is a typical three-year-old, a happy little guy, who loves to play, and is into super-heroes.
Keshia applied three times for the homeownership program before she was accepted, each time working to better her financial situation. Quitting is not an option for Keshia.
The Shoun Family
Aeriel Shoun is a 34-year-old single mother of three children, Deeona, Devin and Daron ages 16, 15 and 12. Unable to find an affordable rental, Aeirel and her children have been living with her sister and sharing the cost of the rent.
Aeriel loves her job at Bashor Children’s home and hopes to go back to college to become a teacher. That dream has been difficult, several years ago she was diagnosed with cancer along with some additional family challenges. She is now cancer-free and her children are happy, vibrant, and full of life. Her goal now is to become financially stable and own her own home.
Aeriel is grateful for the financial education classes that Habitat for Humanity provided as part of the homeownership program and she is becoming more financially secure. She shared that being part of the program has been the best experience of her life. She is extremely excited and grateful to be a partner family and to also be part of the 2020 Women Build. “My kids will finally have their own room, a yard to play in and a home in a good safe neighborhood. Thank you Habitat for accepting me and my family into the homeownership program.”