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.”
The first thing Jasmine is going to do in her Habitat home is to host a housewarming party and invite all of her friends and family who live in Grand Rapids. When asked what she’s most excited about in her new home she responded for her boys. “They haven’t had a backyard before. I can’t wait for them to be able to run around back there.”
Jasmine has been working hard to complete her sweat equity hours and feels equipped to begin her new phase of life as a homeowner.
“You have that anticipation and then you have that preparation behind that anticipation,” Jasmine said. “It makes you feel powerful.”
We’re blessed to partner with amazing, hard-working people such as Jasmine. Jasmine would like to thank everyone involved in her homebuilding process. “This home means everything to us.” Many hands and hearts go into a Habitat home, so on behalf of the Mendez family, thanks for helping build their everything.