For every home that is built,
there is a story that wants to be told.
LET’S TELL A STORY...
We want to thank our homeowners, our volunteers, our staff and our wonderful supporters and we are excited to share some of our Habitat stories with you. These stories were written right here, in our very own city, with amazing people who have worked hard to earn their happily ever after ...
The Williams Family Story
More than a House…
Leslie Williams has fond memories of growing up and visiting her grandmother in Kansas City. Grandma owned a Habitat house. But it wasn’t just a Habitat house; it was a source of community. Leslie remembers Habitat volunteers building her grandmother’s home and barbecuing with her family.
This heartening community of helpers and homeowners deviated from Leslie’s immediate family’s housing experience. Leslie’s family didn’t own a home until she was 18 years old. They moved around a lot because rent was always too expensive. Consequently, Leslie was unable to foster relationships with her neighbors. Yet, communal interactions at her grandmother’s at a young age inspired Leslie to apply for a Habitat home. She was accepted into the affordable homeownership program in March 2016.
A lot has changed since those early barbecue days. Leslie is now a mother of two 14 year-old boys, Kalieb and Kabe. She has worked hard to establish a career with the US Postal Service—seven years in the making. Yet one thing remains constant: Leslie still aches to put down roots in an uplifting community. She’s excited to move into her home and meet the families next door. She has already actively worked towards revitalizing her neighborhood by participating in neighborhood clean ups.
The rooms in Leslie’s house will most likely smell of Leslie’s signature lasagna. She looks forward to experimenting with her favorite Mexican and Italian dishes in her new kitchen. Given her strong sense of community, she is sure to share a bite.