Learn More About Some of Our Newest Habitat Homeowner Families
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County homeowners, home buyers, core volunteers, staff and more will gather for the dedication of home #152 on Friday, November 20th at 1:00pm. The home has been sponsored by First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.
The soon to be homeowner of home #152, Shonta, is a Myrtle Beach native. She is a mom to two active teenagers, Zieree and Jeffrey. Zieree is a recent graduate of Myrtle Beach High School with hopes of joining the Air Force and Jeffery is a current Sophomore at Myrtle Beach High School.
Shonta joined the Habitat Home Buyer Program in September 2018 because she wanted to provide a better life for her children. She hopes that through this program she has shown her children that she works hard for them, but also show them that it’s important to help others and to continue to build others up.
“Thank the good Lord above!“ - SHONTA D.
Shonta says the one thing she is most excited about when it comes to homeownership is the first moment she can turn that key to walk in the front door and thank the good Lord above!
Meet Rachelle, Brianna, and Javon
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County staff, volunteers, homeowners and more gathered dedicate home #151 on Friday, October 30, 2020. The home was sponsored by Habitat’s Collegiate Challenge, Fund for Humanity and Terminix.
New homeowner, Rachelle, has lived in Horry County since she was 19 years old. She is originally from New Haven, CT. She is mom to Brianna, 17 and Javon, 12. In their free time, the Smalls family loves to enjoy time with each other playing UNO, listening to music or watching movies. Rachelle and Brianna can also be found cheering on Javon during his football and basketball games.
Rachelle joined the Habitat Home Buyer Program in September 2018 because she wanted to provide a home for her children with rooms of their very own. She hopes that through this program she has taught her children the value of hard work and determination. She hoped to teach them the importance of helping others. Rachelle said the one thing she was most excited about when it came to homeownership was cooking the first meal in her new kitchen. At the time, she had not planned the menu yet, but we know it was a feast! Rachelle and her family are truly grateful for all the love and support they’ve received from volunteers and staff at Habitat.
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County staff, volunteers, homeowners and more will gather to dedicate home #154 on Friday, July 10 at 1:00pm. A limited number of supporters and staff will gather in person, following all social distancing guidelines set forth by government officials. A live feed of the dedication will also be available via Facebook. The home is sponsored by Fund for Humanity.
Future homeowner, Dana, is the proud mother of her daughter, Giana. She has lived in Horry County her entire life and is currently working in the hospitality industry as a Guest Services Supervisor. Her daughter is 12 years old and is a gymnast who loves school and hanging out with her friends. In their free time, the Johnsons enjoy movie nights and going for walks on the beach. Spending time together as a family is very important to them, and they do it as much as possible.
Dana was accepted into the Habitat Home Buyer Program in September 2017 because of her dangerous and unrealistic housing conditions. She says the best part about being in the Habitat Home Buyer Program has been learning about money management and the importance of helping others. Habitat has given her a chance at independence and the opportunity for homeownership, which is something she wants to pass down to her daughter.
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County staff, volunteers, homeowners gathered to dedicate home #149 on Saturday, September 5, 2020. The home was sponsored by Bank of America Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities and Leadership Grand Strand – Class 40.
Homeowner Pamela and her three daughters, LaNiya, Pallas and Promise, were accepted into the Habitat Home Buyer program in October 2016. Pamela applied to Habitat so she could provide a better life for her and her daughters and to finally accomplish her goal of homeownership. Pamela and her daughters currently live in a very overcrowded and expensive home in a high crime area. She wants to ensure that her family has a safe and stable place to call home.
Pamela has lived in Horry County for her whole life and has worked in the food service industry for the past year. She is very close with her wonderful daughters. The oldest, LaNiya, enjoys playing violin, volleyball, and sewing, and the youngest, Pallas, enjoys being her mommy’s little helper, drawing, painting, and crafting. All together, they enjoy baking all kinds of sweet treats. Pamela says that being in the Habitat program has given her a greater sense of the benefits of volunteer work and how it helps others but also how it helps her family become more well-rounded. She is very grateful and happy to finally be a Habitat homeowner!
Meet Sonya and her sons
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County will dedicate House #139 on Saturday, August 18, at 9 a.m. This home was fully funded by Publix Super Markets Charities and construction on the home was kicked off with the Habitat’s for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge, a program that provides an alternative to spring break for college students. House #139 was also a build site for the 11th Annual Habitat Women Build Week in May. The Dedication will take place at 4951 Lyons Lane in Longs.
Sonya and her three sons completed Habitat for Humanity’s Home Buyer Program and will be purchasing the home with a zero percent interest mortgage. Sonya entered the Habitat Home Buyer Program in October 2016 and have since completed over 530 sweat equity hours, attended monthly financial classes, paid closing costs and paid off all existing debt in order to purchase their home with a zero percent interest mortgage. “Every day I drive by the build site to see the house and I am so happy to start this next part of our lives. My boys are so excited and talk about how they can’t wait to finally live in a house that is ours! We are so grateful to Habitat and everyone who helped build the house and have been part of this blessing,” said Sonya.
“Every family deserves an opportunity to have a roof over their heads and food on their table,” said Carol Jenkins Barnett, President of Publix Super Markets Charities. “My father established our foundation in 1966 with a strong desire to see our communities thrive. Fifty years later, we’re still honoring his legacy. We are delighted to support Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Publix’s footprint by giving $5.5 million to this very important cause.”
Meet - Shannon & Terry
Shannon and Terry are originally from Lake City, SC. Shannon works in retail and Terry is employed in the entertainment industry and is a talented DJ.
The couple joined the program so that they could become homeowners, a goal they’ve had since becoming husband and wife. They look forward to spending time with their families in their new home, and accomplishing financial stability.
“The journey is what you make it out to be,” says Shannon. “We have obtained a lot of mental, spiritual and financial information on how to own a home. We have truly enjoyed this experience, giving back to others and meeting so many awesome volunteers that have the same goal in mind.”
To the Greggs, their new home will be their sanctuary. They’re place of “heavenly peace” they like to say. During this holiday season, we’re reminded of “heavenly peace” through the cherished Silent Night hymn. What a joy it will be for the Gregg family to be home for the holidays and finally be able to “sleep in heavenly peace”, under a roof of their very own.
Otega and her two children are finally home. Originally from Charleston, Otega applied to the Habitat Homebuyer Program with the support and encouragement of her mother. When she applied, her goal was to provide her family with a “forever” home.
Perseverance is the word that describes Otega. When she began the homebuyer program, she was pregnant and driving to Charleston to work one of three jobs.
Now that she’s officially a homeowner, Otega looks forward to creating lasting memories with her children, who celebrated dedication day alongside their hardworking mother.
Local news media also attended to help celebrate the important day. She told WMBF News that she hopes to “enjoy life” now that she has a place to call home. “I don’t have to work as hard as I was. Maybe go back to school and get a career, just to better myself even more.”
The sky is the limit for Otega, Emma and Kingston. We can’t wait to see what she’ll accomplish next!
Fellow Habitat homeowners, homebuyers, core volunteers, staff, community supporters and more gathered recently for the dedication of Home #156 on Lyons Lane. Aishante is now a proud homeowner along with her son Landon.
Wells Fargo, through Habitat for Humanity International’s Wells Fargo Builds grant program, sponsored the build of Aishante’s new Habitat home.
Aishante says that she applied to the Habitat homebuyer program to create a safe and stable environment for her son. Throughout her Habitat journey, she learned a great deal about saving money and the importance of credit, while participating in the homebuyer financial literacy classes.
Now that she is a homeowner, Aishante knows that this change will have a lasting, positive impact on her life as well as her son’s. She says, “I will always have somewhere to call home, where we can grow as a family and we can make new memories together.”
The joy on both Aishante and Landon’s faces on dedication day was evident. Celebrating along with Aishante and son, and helping with the dedication ceremony were Minister Trudy Gause and Rev. Margie Bellamy. Both blessed each attendee of the dedication with powerful, inspirational messages.
As Aishante and everyone in attendance received the blessings of the day, Aishante felt a sense of confidence, knowing that her son would one day understand and appreciate all her hard work.
“This journey hasn’t been easy,” Aishante says, “but when I count my blessings, I count my Habitat family twice as much.”