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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!