Giving up was never an option

When Reier and Rhonda go married over twenty-one years ago, they had big plans for their future. Those plans included having four children together and living in a decent sized house in a neighbourhood like Spruce Grove or Sherwood Park where they both grew up.


Not too long after their wedding, Reier and Rhonda started having setbacks to their dreams. Reier’s physical health became an issue, and he was unable to complete his computer sciences degree when he envisioned. This unfortunately led to him not being able to find the employment he wanted at first. Although the couple managed to have the four kids they’d always wanted, three of them came with special needs. The family’s setbacks only continued as Rhonda was unable to work due to her own health challenges.


“In the first twelve years of our marriage we’ve lived with family members, in co-op housing, and in subsidized housing. Each time we moved it was only going to be temporary, just until things turned a corner for us.”  With his father cheering him, there was indeed a light at the end of the tunnel for Reier and his family, in the form of Habitat Edmonton.


“We have now been in our new home for a couple of months. It is our first home that didn’t feel temporary on the day we moved in. I no longer worry about rent, or mortgage, outstripping my income. If I forget my cell phone in the van, I no longer worry about running across a dark parking lot in the middle of the night, looking over my shoulder every few steps. I no longer need to run down to the fuse box when someone uses the washing machine and the microwave at the same time and the entire house goes dark. The best thing is having three bathrooms, and not having a line up”, Reier quipped.

“I would like to thank Habitat, the staff at the ReStore North where we have been volunteering our 500 hours, and everyone who has donated or partnered with Habitat to make our home ownership dream possible. I would also like to thank my parents and in-laws for all of the support we’ve received.”