The Johnson-Rogers FamilyRed Lodge Homeowner
“I have known about Habitat for Humanity for 22 years. When I was 11 and 12 years old, Habitat helped my mother build a home for her and her 10 children which was big enough to fit all of us in it and that is when I moved to Red Lodge. I never thought I would be able to own my own home, but here I am, helping build it.
Last year, I became a single mother with three kids, renting an upstairs apartment from my boss. That situation would never work out long-term because of having downstairs neighbors, but renting from him was all I could afford, and really, it was all that was available in this area. My co-worker told me about this program, and I thought I was applying too late, but decided to give it a shot and apply anyways. From there, the process with quick with all the help I received from the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation to put my paperwork together and review my financial context. I stayed on top of everything I needed to do, and the next thing I knew, I was approved, and started building a house – my house.
Building is fun, and I like learning and seeing how all aspects of a house are put together, and knowing I am a part of that process. Building is also the hardest part. Working full-time, so that I can keep up with the kids, bills and life, caring for my three kids and pets, and keeping up with their school, birthdays and holidays, and then building on my day off and one day after work – it’s all a lot.
Things are very fast paced and some days I feel tired and overwhelmed but I know that the time is coming when all this hard work will pay off and it will all be well worth my efforts. Soon, my family and I will be living in our new home, that I helped to build.”
-Terry Sue Johnson-Rogers, Spires Homeowner