HFHC Welcomes Three Families Home for the Holiday Season

It was a cold, wet day but as Councilman Leon Pinkett of Baltimore City’s 7th District put it, “no amount of rain could dampen the spirit and joy of today!” On December 15, 2018 three new Habitat homebuyers gleamed with holiday cheer as they became the newest Habitat Chesapeake homebuyers. Each equipped with their own Habitat journey and stories, the lives of James, Tamieka and LaTasha will be forever changed now that they have beautiful, affordable homes.

We see it time after time: when our partner families receive the key to their new home, it leaves an impact that spans far beyond the dedication. For these families, homeownership means that their children will be 19% more likely to finish high school and twice as likely to attend college. For their children, a sense of stability means that they can focus more on their school work and extracurricular activities. And for the community, the revitalization of a home that was once vacant means visible investment and engaged new neighbors.

For these three partner families, the journey to their new home was unique and very personal. Tamieka, a resident of Gilmor Homes and now the owner of a beautiful home on the 1500-block of North Gilmor Street, chose to remain in her Sandtown -Winchester neighborhood with her daughter because, for her, the community where everyone knows everyone else is home. James, also a current resident and now homeowner in Sandtown, has worked hand in hand with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake at Habitat on the Hill sessions, at Summer Build and community clean-ups organized by the Johns Hopkins Habitat Club. Both James and Tamieka will be in good company in their new homes, surrounded by more than 300 other Habitat homebuyers! Finally, LaTasha is the mother of an elementary schooler and middle schooler who has worked nearly four years on her Habitat house in Woodbourne-McCabe neighborhood where she will join 17 other Habitat families.

Bibles, keys and wreaths were distributed as New Song Academy teacher and noted singer Paula Huggins belted out the lyrics from the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” bringing the thought of being home for the holiday season a reality. And so, while the winter rain and cold winds persisted, hearts were full and warm as family, friends and supporters gathered ‘round the homebuyers in celebration of their newest accomplishment- homeownership and a renewed sense of peace and stability.