Categories: Habitat Happenings, Family Stories, Habitat Tucson

The Power of Persistence: Adina

“My kids have been my greatest accomplishment, and now I can finally give them a home.” – Adina

Adina is a single mom who has been living in the same three-bedroom with her five children for over 15 years.

She’s applied to Habitat Tucson’s homeownership program five times in the hopes of buying her very own home. Working for TUSD, her income has never afforded her the opportunity to buy on the traditional housing market.

Adina says, “A major obstacle that I’ve had to overcome has been being a single mom, trying to make sure they have everything they need. Clothes, food, you know… It has been hard at times.”

She continues, “With one income, housing is so challenging. We’ve been in our house for 15 years because other rents are so high.”

The home they live in only has one bathroom. A lot of the features are older and a lot of stuff is falling apart.

Their swamp cooler simply wasn’t up to the challenge of keeping the house comfortable and safe during Tucson’s hottest summer on record. The doors barely shut, and it’s not the best neighborhood.

Adina has always wanted to own a home. When she was finally accepted into the homeownership program after trying so many times, she says, “It was very exciting- I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it!”

Every Habitat homebuyer contributes 250 hours of sweat equity, working at the construction site, office, and HabiStore to truly become a part of the process of building their own home. The sweat equity process creates a partnership of dignity and participation between Habitat Tucson and the homebuyers.

“It’s been a lot of work, but it’s going to pay off in the long run,” Adina says about sweat equity. “It’s not just given to us. We work for it, and that’s a good accomplishment. I’m happy about that,” she adds.

Anissa (19), Adina’s daughter, shared, “My mom is a really hard worker. She didn’t stop, she tried several times, and she finally got it. She is so deserving.”

How will having a Habitat home change Adina’s life?

She says, “I won’t have to worry about my house. I’ll be at peace and happier. I’m excited for my kids. My kids will be safe. It’s for my family.”

Homeownership will allow Adina to have a new home, with appliances that work, in a safe neighborhood, with enough room for her whole family.

Plus, Adina says, “I’m excited to decorate it!” Homeownership is about so much more than just a house: it provides a safe, stable foundation for people to not only survive, but thrive.

Make A Gift in Adina’s honor today!

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