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Carrie and Family

My name is Carrie and I live in Rock Hill, SC. I am a widowed mother of four boys, Tyler, 18, Davontae, 14, Trenton, 8, and Anthony, 8. They are all active in sports and love the outdoors. Tyler is a big gamer, plays soccer and currently works at a restaurant and will be graduating high school this year. Davontae is in 9th grade and loves football, hanging out with friends, and anything outdoors. Trenton and Anthony are in 3rd grade and love soccer and playing outside.

In July of 2014, my husband and I were pre-approved for a home loan through our bank. Since this was going to be our first home, we wanted it to be perfect for our family. We looked at a lot of homes. Some were great, but weren't in our price range and others just didn't work for us. It was very stressful and disappointing that we had a loan but couldn’t find the right home. At the time, we were living in an apartment.

On November 24, 2014, our family would change forever. My husband was murdered at our home. My family and my heart were broken. He was a great father to all of his kids and at times they liked him more than me. He was a great husband to me and there is not a day that goes by that I don't think about him. My boys and I immediately moved in with my sister until I could find a place. About a month and a half later, I found a 3 bedroom apartment in a better neighborhood and we've been here since then.

I thought that it would be a long time before I would be a home owner. Even though I have good credit, my income just isn't high enough to get approved for what I really need. In June 2017, my neighbor was talking about a class that she was attending and that I should come check it out. It was a Habitat first time home buyer’s class. It was in July and I attended to see what it was all about. I had a sense of peace while I was there, like I can really be a home owner. I turned in my paper work and when I got the approval letter, I was so excited that my dream that once was stolen from me would finally come true.

I know it is not going to be easy for us and we will have to make some sacrifices, but we are ready. I am thankful for the opportunity that Habitat gives not only to my family, but other families to provide affordable housing.