Selena’s story with Inter-Faith started several years ago, when she entered our program at Hope Gardens with her son, fleeing from a dangerous community in the city. It was a way to start over.
“You couldn’t tell me anything when I was younger,” she said. “I had to learn the hard way.”
The Hope Gardens program provided the structure she needed, but it was Selena who put in the hard work to become independent. She got a job with a local school district, paid down debt, saved money, and eventually “graduated” to our Hope Forest supportive housing program. All the while, her son and his future was her main concern.
During her time at Hope Forest Selena connected with Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. She applied and was accepted into their six-month Almost Home FREE program. And in February, Selena and Zach moved into a brand-new, three-bedroom townhouse of their own.
“I’m so excited!” said Selena at the opening celebration. “I don’t just have a house; I have a home I own, and I worked hard for it.”