“It’s still a bit surreal,” Christa says of learning she was selected as a partner family for a new duplex on Drysdale Road.
Christa Hamilton never dreamed she’d be able to own a home for her children. The single mother of three worried about the rental home they shared. Basement flooding, ant and mice infestations, and crime in the neighbourhood all contributed to her concerns. Wanting her kids to have a safe and decent place to call home, and the stability of homeownership, when she heard about Habitat for Humanity through a friend Christa attended an information session and submitted an application.
“It’s still a bit surreal,” Christa says of learning she was selected as a partner family for a new duplex on Drysdale Road. “I was pretty much speechless. I didn’t know if I should scream on the phone or what. After I got the phone call I went blank with excitement and I forget everything after that.”
Christa’s family is also looking forward to having a safe place to call home. Teyonicka just graduated from high-school and is looking forward to starting post-secondary education. Ten-year-old Trystin will be able to take advantage of being in walking distance of school and sports facilities as he’s active in sports and cadets. Little James is full of personality and delights the rest of his family – and everyone he meets – with his enthusiasm; at four years of age he is excited about everything that owning a home will mean for his family.
When trying to articulate what homeownership will mean for her family, Christa says it perfectly, “It means everything; a once and a lifetime opportunity. I’m so glad to have this chance. I’m just ready to make the big step and have a place to call our own.”