This blog series will follow up with some of our homeowners to find out what happens after the dust settles and homes are dedicated. Get a closer look into the lives of our Habitat Homeowners with these stories below.
As a newly-single mom with two children, Maria’s journey toward strength, stability and self-reliance began in California in 2013. After many sleepless nights caused by both worry and working days and nights to make ends meet, Maria knew she needed a change.
“I have to be able to have a place of my own.” These words are ones that many of us have said at some point in our lives, whether it was when we were in middle school sharing a room with a younger sibling, or in college when our roommate always left the dishes in the sink. For April, these words mean so much more, because she knows what life could have been like without a place of her own.
Did you know babies can count? A 2013 Duke study indicated babies as young as six months old could distinguish between numbers of objects. Children notice immediately if one child receives more cookies than the other one. Counting (even for cookies) is the most fundamental basis for math.
As adults, we count the dollars that come in and distribute outgoing payments like mortgage, utilities, groceries, transportation and clothing. You can only spend what you have - just as you can only eat the number of cookies that come from the oven. The households with more cookies have more leeway on cookie distribution. Low-income households have fewer cookies and fewer distribution choices.