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Meet the Church family

Fiona is a resilient single-mother. After leaving a difficult relationship, Fiona and her two daughters moved out of their home with four bags worth of their belongings. They had no choice but to move into a family shelter.

“I kept working, even when I was living in the shelter,” said Fiona. “When I was finally able to get a one-bedroom place for my daughters and me, I slept in the laundry room so the girls can have a bedroom to share.”

Fiona works multiple jobs to support her family. She first heard about Habitat for Humanity from a radio ad when she was driving home from work. After applying for a Habitat home and attending an information session, she knew that this was the best opportunity for her family to gain stability and build a better future.

Christmas 2019 will be a holiday Fiona and her daughters will never forget…  

“I found out just before Christmas that I was going to be a Habitat homeowner at CentreTowne in Oshawa,” said Fiona. “On Christmas Eve, I surprised my daughters by bringing them to the build site at night. Caroline, the site supervisor and some of the volunteer Crew Leaders put up Christmas lights so that we can see the house, and I told my daughters for the first time that this is going to be our new home.”

Since becoming a Habitat partner family, Fiona dedicates much of her time off work to volunteering at the build site. Her daughters are proud knowing that she is helping build their future home.

Volunteering on the build site has allowed Fiona to work alongside her soon to be neighbours and learn new construction skills. Through her experience, she has developed a passion for working in the trades.

“Our Habitat home is really going to make a world of a difference for us – it really is a hand up not a hand-out,” said Fiona. “I am so proud to be building alongside all of the volunteers, and to be here learning how to build my own house – our dream home.”

Fiona’s daughters have also helped contribute to building their home by selling raffle tickets and speaking at a trivia night fundraiser at Fiona’s work. Their efforts helped raise $2,000.

Fiona encourages all of the volunteers that she builds alongside to sign the beam of her framed home. The words of encouragement volunteers leave for her family reminds Fiona and her daughters that their home is built with love, care, and community spirit.

The family is excited to move into their Habitat home at CentreTowne in 2020.

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