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.”
It’s no wonder Samai is excited about space and a backyard for her kids to run around. “I love gardening and the kids even said they want to help out with that.”
Samai decided to apply for the Habitat Kent homeownership program partly because of her sister, who has lived in a Habitat Kent home for 11 years. “I wanted to wait until I had a full-time job and was ready,” Samai said. “Now, my credit is improving a lot due to the program and I’m excited to continue to improve it.”
The homeownership program has been challenging for Samai, especially balancing work and family. “It’s been a tough process. I work night shifts so the sweat equity hours were difficult. But it’s all been so worth it. I can’t tell you how much everyone’s prayers and caring actions have helped me.”
What does home mean for Samai? “Home means consistent safety for our family,” said Samai. “I moved around so many different foster homes when I was young. I couldn’t live with my siblings either.” Now, Samai has built a home her children can all grow in together. “And the goal is to pass this home on to my kids.”
“Habitat Kent’s work matters because it allows people an opportunity to own a home who otherwise wouldn’t have,” Samai said. “I know I wouldn’t have.”
Samai would like to express her sincere gratitude to everyone involved in this process. Thank you for helping build strength and stability for the Cole family.