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.
However, the journey to homeownership hasn’t been easy. “I got denied the first time because of my credit. But Habitat connected me with people in my community to fix my credit so I could reapply. One year later I re-applied and was accepted into the homeowner program. I’ll never forget that moment.”
This home means stability for Peisly and Joshua. Joshua can now stay in the same school and have a space to play his favorite sport, soccer. Even though he hasn’t moved in yet, Joshua has already made friends in the neighborhood and invited them over.
This home also means safety and a new future for Peisly and Joshua. “My neighborhood [was] not a safe place for a single mother,” Peisly shared. “This opportunity has opened a new window for us. I see a whole new side of Grand Rapids. It’s a new beginning for us.”
Peisly would like to say that she’s, “extremely thankful for everyone involved in her home.” She appreciated working with the GRCC MTEC students and site supervisor, Kyle, to help make the dream of owning her home true.
Every nail matters. Every student matters. On behalf of Peisly and Joshua, thanks for helping build them a stable, safe, new beginning.