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Jessica and family

My name is Jessica, and I am the proud mother of three children.  Brooke is 18 years old and is two years into her studies at the University of Central Oklahoma. Due to our current circumstances, she is living in her own studio apartment in Oklahoma, while also working full time with State Farm Insurance.  Madison is 16 years old and will be a senior this year. She enjoys reading, drawing, and spending time with her new friends.  Tyler is 13 years old and going into 8th grade. He loves his cat, Bella, his iPad and the art department at school where he creates unique artwork each day. Tyler is also autistic; he sees the world and relationships within it in his own way.

While visiting my sister here in Connecticut in 2015, my husband not only told me he wanted to end our 10 year marriage, but he had already packed my clothes, my children’s entire rooms, and was driving them up in a U-haul the following day.  As a stay at home mom since 2008, this left me without a home, a job, or any future security for my children.

I come from a very small family, so my sister and her husband were the only people who could take us in. Brooke decided to stay in Oklahoma to continue with college and stayed with her step dad until the dorms became available. Madison and Tyler were forced come to terms with never going “home", and this being our new house. I was desperately trying to figure out a career plan while trying to assure all three children that we were going to be O.K. 

In July I took the CNA course in Connecticut, as serving others is a genuine passion of mine. My sister and her husband financed the class, and within two months, I enrolled my children in the local schools, completed my course, and found a full time job. While we started figuring out how to make 7 people and 8 pets work in a three bedroom, one bathroom home, I had the additional task of trying to get my son to adapt to the rules and routines of someone else’s home. Due to the overcrowded living conditions, I sleep on the enclosed porch and recently Tyler has joined me out there. There is no privacy and because this is also the front entrance, there is constant foot traffic and noise from people and dogs coming in and out. 

When our school sent home flyers about Habitat for Humanity’s Homeowner information meeting, I was interested, but didn’t really know if I wanted to set myself up for what could be another let down in our lives. I decided at the last minute to go to the meeting, and during the information session, I became more and more confident that this could be the security my family needed after so much insecurity.

Having a house of our own means security for my children and a place they can call home. Brooke doesn’t get to visit often, and doesn’t have a place to stay comfortably when she’s here. Our own forever home means someplace to enjoy fellowship with friends, host holiday gatherings, spend evenings playing games as a family, and create a sanctuary where we are all safe and secure together. After being accepted into the Habitat Homeowners family, we now have a beacon of light keeping us moving forward and an end in sight to our current situation. God has taught me so much about my own strength and His promises through this past year, and I can’t wait to see how He uses me in our new neighborhood. I’m thankful for God’s comfort, and Habitat’s continued dedication to helping families like mine reach their dream of home ownership.


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Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut

377 Broad Street
New London Connecticut, 06320
Telephone: 860-442-7890
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