Michelle Grado

As a mother of three who values stability, creativity, and health — Michelle is more ready than ever to build a brighter future for her family.

“I’m doing this for my children. I believe that having stability is one major key in having a healthy life. I want to give them a place to make memories, have a stable place to grow, and live a comfortable life.”

The 3 bedroom house they currently share with Michelle’s mother is cramped and doesn’t provide a lot of room for mobility.

“My mother and I are best friends and I am so thankful for everything she’s done to help, but I want her to have her peace and freedom to enjoy retirement,” said Michelle.

When Michelle first got her acceptance letter, she still had a thought in the back of her mind that something could go wrong. But she didn’t let that stop her dream of creating a stable place for her family to grow.

“It’s mind-blowing that I get to help build my own home. Every step of the way, it becomes more real.”

Looking forward to the day she receives her keys, Michelle says that she can’t wait to have her family over for a nice dinner.

“Family gatherings mean a lot to us, and it will be a whole different type of pride and happiness to be able to say, ‘Okay, my family is coming to my house today.’”

Above all else, Michelle says she is most excited to provide her children with a creative outlet for artwork and to buy them instruments so they can learn and practice freely in a safe space.

“I believe that homeownership will teach my children responsibility, pride in ownership and that working towards a goal can be hard — but worth it!”