The Elliott FamilyHelena Homeowner
“My name is Cassie, and I have three kids ages 5, 6, and 7. I became a single mother in 2017, at the age of 24 with full custody of my kids. I was very uneducated when it came to managing my bills, money, and the expenses that came with being the sole provider and managing a single income family. I had no job because I didn’t have child care, and I had no idea what the future was going to look like and that was very scary!
I took advantage of the great programs that Helena has to offer, and with the help of the Helena Housing Authority, I was able to get approved for subsidized housing and gain a safe place for me and my kids. I also got into the CTI (Career Training Institute) program and that was a huge step for me! They helped educate me on managing bills better. They also helped me gain a career and have the stability I needed to get caught up on my debt and manage my finances properly. Also, they helped me with childcare so that I could work.
After 3 years of hard work and building a life for my kids and I, the future is looking a lot brighter because we can now plan for our future. Thanks to Habitat, for allowing families like mine an opportunity to own and build my own home and teaching us the skills to better our financial situation because it make it easier to be successful and also be a great role model for our kids. To be able to own a home is not what I was envisioning 3 years ago.
My favorite aspect about Habitat for Humanity is the sweat equity because it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and appreciation. Being able to build your own home with your friends, family and future neighbors is a chance that very few people get. I am very thankful that I was given this opportunity to help myself and my neighbors build a future as well as a lasting relationship. The skills that Habitat has already provided me 3 months into building are priceless –from working hands on with power tools, to learning more knowledge about maintaining and keeping up with my bills and finances. The education I have gained will ensure that I am a responsible and successful homeowner. Thank you, Habitat for Humanity!”
-Cassie Elliot, Helena Homeowner