Habitat for Humanity of York County is proud to have partnered with over 150 homeowners to date - a number that is growing quickly as the affiliate continues to partner with local qualified families through new home construction and home preservation solutions. We are proud of our hard-working homeowners! Visit our Homeownership Program page to learn about the requirements to apply for a Habitat home.
Chantel and her children are excited about their journey towards a new home. The children, two boys, ages 8 and 6, and a girl, age 5, ask their mother about the house every time she goes to work for Habitat. Chantel says, “They are so excited for this new opportunity.” Chantel is currently working on her sweat equity by putting in hours at the Rock Hill ReStore and volunteering on other Habitat homes under construction. She learned about Habitat from a friend and expressed her appreciation for the process saying, “They make the process really easy for you. It’s amazing.” Chantel says she has enjoyed making connections in the community and is happy to see Habitat employees and volunteers around Fort Mill during her job as a mail carrier.
Chantel loves working with Habitat and says, “They’re not asking for anything unreasonable and it’s a great opportunity to help others.” She looks forward to the rest of her journey and is motivated by the idea of having a home to call her own for her children.
Shaque, a future Habitat homeowner, is 32 years old and a mother of a 7 year old son. She works for the Rock Hill School District and has lived in Rock Hill all her life. Shaque heard about Habitat from a friend and says she didn’t know anything about Habitat when she filled out the application. “Those are good people. You can go to any one of them and they’ll give you any information you need. They’ve helped me so much.”
She says that Habitat has already changed her and her son’s lives. “This is a blessing. This is something I will never forget. It is going to change our lives. It is going to help me in the long run and I appreciate it so much.”
“I would not be who I am today without them. All I knew was I wanted to be a homeowner and I went to the meetings and they were so supportive. I was so motivated and determined.” Shaque says that Habitat was there to help every step of the way.
My name is Nnaemeka "Meka". I am originally from Spartanburg, SC, but I've been in Rock Hill since '06. I graduated from Winthrop University in '10 with a B.S in Spanish. My favorite activities include: cooking (read eating), thrift shopping, and playing bingo.
I have known about Habitat for Humanity for several years, but I took serious interest in the housing program within the last year. When my best friend and her family moved into their Habitat home in Spartanburg during the Summer of '14, it was truly an inspiration.
I'd always been under the impression that the housing program was either for single mothers or the elderly, but after a little research, I found that that was far from true. I applied in January '15 ,received a denial letter in February '15, and signed my Family Partnership Agreement in June '15.
I am so grateful for this opportunity and am eager to become a Habitat homeowner.
My name is Carolyn. I’m 57 years old and am a single parent. I work at Morning Side Assisted Living and I’m currently raising my two beautiful grandchildren, Dandria 16, and Keithan 12, in a two bedroom apartment.
We’ve lived in the same apartment since I first received custody of them when they were 8 months and 4 years old accept that space was even tighter then because my youngest daughter also lived with us.
I never imagined that I would be raising children all over again because I have 4 children of my own that are grown. My oldest daughter wasn’t in the best shape to raise my 2 grandkids and I wanted them to have a chance at life so I did what I had to do and stepped in. This really has been a tough journey with lots of challenges, but with the help of God and family we are making it. The kids are growing up, and they will need more space. I didn’t know anything about Habitat of Humanity but in August 2014 a friend mentioned it and invited me to go to a meeting with her.
After going and hearing all of the great things the organization has done in the community, I knew I wanted to move forward so I completed the application process and was approved in 2015! I’m excited for the opportunity to build in 2016! Life has thrown some unexpected things my way, good and bad. I am grateful that Habitat for Humanity has been one of the good things that I can add to my list of blessings!
My name is Lisa and I was born in Chester County, South Carolina and lived in the very small town called Bascomville/Richburg.
My brother and I were very close, a year and a half apart - we did everything together. At the age of ten, my brother and first cousin drowned in a fishing accident. It was very hard for me to understand at the age of eight. I truly believed my brother became my Guardian Angel throughout my life and still is.
The loss of my brother resulted in my parent’s divorce and a new beginning for me. My 18 month old son Alonzo was diagnosed with sleep apnea, the doctors said that he was one of the worse cases that they have ever seen in a child. With the help of my family, I stayed in the hospital with my son for three month. He underwent three surgeries, including brain surgery. During that time I lost everything that I owned. I still had faith and believed that God had a bigger and better plan for me and my children. Despite becoming a teen mom, having 7 children, losing all my valuables and nearly losing my child to SIDS, I still overcame these obstacle.
I graduated from high school, went to cosmetology school, had a successful salon in Washington, DC and South Carolina, went back to college to obtain my Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Management at Limestone College and held down a full time job at New Hope Carolinas I didn’t stop there, after doing hair for over 22 years, I decide to become an instructor and give back. After 45 intensive hours of Methods of Teaching, and going back to the State Board of South Carolina, I am now a licensed SC instructor at Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology in Rock Hill, SC where I have been substituting for the past year now.
My purpose in life is to continuously dream big, help others, be happy, and to always put God first. I believe that what happens in life is in the will of God, good or bad. We as human beings have choices in life to decide which road we will take. I personally strive to do what is the will of God. Last, but certainly not least, I want to give a special Thanks to the Habitat for Humanity in York County for this blessed opportunity to become a Homeowner!
My name is Darlene. I am a 51 year old mother to 6 and grandmother to 18. I have spent the majority of my life as a single parent with many hard times and struggles.
Things have been pretty tough at times and at my age I never thought that it would bbe possible for me to become a homeowner, but I was asked by my daughter to attend a meeeting at Habitat for Humanity with her.
After this meeting, I decided I would take a shot at it and go through the necessary steps and find out the outcome. I am so glad I did because now I am on my way to having a home of my own that I can spend hte rest of my life in.
Thanks to Habitat for Humanity for all they are doing for me. I have met some of the most generous, loving, caring people through this experience and will continue to participate with Habitat in my spare time for a long time to come.