Loretta’s home ownership journey began three years ago, whilst still living in Metis Urban Housing with her four children. Following a relatively quick referral process from Metis Urban Housing and further encouragement from a close friend, Loretta had her first interview with Habitat Edmonton’s Homeowner Services Department shortly thereafter. Within three months, Loretta and her family moved into their new home!
The highlight of Loretta’s home dedication ceremony was seeing the joy on Seth, her youngest son’s face. He now had a room of his own with ample space to store his mountain of toys and treasures. Knowing that her family has a roof over their heads and are living in a safe neighbourhood close to their friends and extended family is cherry on top of this homeownership story. “Being close to a support system that understands me and my family was always important to me. Family is everything to me, and I strongly believe that Habitat has given that back to me. I’m so grateful for this experience and the hope that Habitat gives families like mine.”
On encouraging other parents who are undecided about Habitat homeownership, Loretta simply says “go for it!” Without the support she has received from Habitat, Loretta believes that she wouldn’t be where she is now. “I have a career now, my kids are happy and thriving, and we have space that we can rightfully call our own. As a single mom of four kids, my children’s welfare is always top of mind. Our life is amazing – touch wood! – simply because my kids are settled and a lot more independent that they were before we moved here. So thank you to Habitat for Humanity for giving us a new lease on life!”