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      Peisly Guzman and her eight-year-old son, Joshua, are ready for their next chapter of life in their new Habitat home.

     For Peisly and Joshua, their new home is a world away from the small, one-room basement where they have to share a bed. 

     “My dream in being a single mother is to provide for my son and eventually pass the home on to him. He won’t stop talking about his room and how he’s going to design it. This has been the greatest accomplishment of my life, next to being a mother,” Peisly said. 

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Kayla Lopez and her four children Anyah (9), Semyra (8), Jermaine (6), and Sevaeh (3) are excited for their new life in their Habitat home. 

     For Kayla, the journey to homeownership has been over two and half years, but despite the long journey, it’s been “so worth it.” Being on her own since 17, she’s no stranger to obstacles in life. “There were a lot of feelings and emotions along the way and I found myself praying a lot as far as, ‘God if this is your will, let it be,’” Kayla said. “Without God it couldn’t have been possible. I’ve never been able to get a loan from the bank towards homeownership.” 

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     Jasmine Mendez has been working hard to make sure her two sons Octavio (5) and Carlito (2) will be moving into their Habitat home this summer. In fact, 5-year-old Octavio asks Jasmine if they can go to their “new home” every day. He says he wants to make sure that, “the people know how to build my room.” 

     Jasmine has worked with a local manufacturer for five years and this August will be finishing her schooling to pursue a career in medical billing and coding. 

     Jasmine is especially excited for the stability her Habitat home will provide her sons' stability that she’s never had. “My whole life I’ve been always moving, all the time. As a kid, if I didn’t switch schools three times per year then it wasn’t normal to me. I couldn’t make friends or call anywhere home. It was really hard for us. Life was chaotic.” 

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Latrice has owned her home in Grand Rapids for six years. She reflects on the journey of becoming a homeowner and how it has strengthened her family and provided stability for her future. At Habitat Kent, every memory is a shared inspiration and motivation to others.

Special thanks to WKTV Community Television for production equipment. Music from Drew Davis and

You can create strength for people like Latrice.

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     Samai grew up in Sierra Leone and came to the United States when she was 10 years old. “I lived in a mud hut and slept on a dirt floor in a war-torn country. To me, everything is an incredible blessing. My job. My family. And now this home. Where I come from, I couldn’t even have dreamt of owning my own home.” 

     Samai and her children Jonathan, Dee, Brandon, Bryan, and Rebecca are ready for their next chapter in life at their Habitat Kent home. “We’re ready. We couldn’t be more ready. Living in a three bedroom apartment got a little too cramped for us,” Samai said. “The twins have been sleeping in the same room as me.” 

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