The Hobson FamilyRed Lodge Homeowner
“My journey with Helena Area Habitat for Humanity (HAHFH) and the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation (RLACF) started in February 2019, when a representative from RLACF, who had partnered with HAHFH, visited my place of work in hopes of spreading the word about an amazing homeownership opportunity coming to our small, rural community. I work in healthcare and have been employed at the Beartooth Billings Clinic for many years. My heart lit up at the thought of my two boys and I finally being able to fulfill our dream of owning our own home. A program that would provide an opportunity for us to plant our feet in the same community that we work in, play in, go to school in, have found lifelong friends in…a community that we love!
I’m the proud mother to two amazing sons. As a single parent, my primary focus has always been to provide a sense of safety and security for my children, during the good times and especially amidst the bad. The financial fear that I’ve experienced for years, due to lack of affordable and stable housing, has been bittersweet. My sons and I are strong, resilient human beings because of it, but it’s also left us weary and tired at times as well. Despite our hardships, we’ve never wavered in our love and loyalty to each other. Together, we’ve worked hard for what we have and the pride in us runs deep.
Owning our own home, and working hard towards that goal, have now become a reality thanks to HAHFH and RLACF. I’ve had the privilege of learning new skills related to home construction that will serve me for many years to come. I’ve met amazing people, embraced what I’m capable of, and I’ve forged new friendships with the other people building their homes and my home, the people I work beside twice a week, whom I’ve come to love and admire.
My sons have learned that, in the words of my 13-year-old, “Mama’s a beast!”. They see their Mom not only set big goals but stop at nothing to reach them! Teaching my sons that with unwavering determination, a lot of sweat, and a little grace, everyone can do hard things! That has been the biggest gift of all. My oldest son is 20 and he will soon be venturing out on his own life journey. My 13-year-old and I will be holding down the fort with an abundance of laughter, peace, and continued pride – soon to be living in our new home that I helped build.
This home represents safety, security, and is a true labor of love…for my sons, myself, my neighbors, and my community. This home means everything! ”
-Kristen Hobson, Red Lodge Homeowner