The Crowner family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Crowner family

Longing to make home special

Thomasine Crowner grew up in Galesville, a small town on the West River in rural Anne Arundel County. She was 10 years old when her father died and her mother was forced to move Thomasine and her three sisters to public housing in Annapolis. Life would never be the same.

Life in public housing has been difficult for Crowner, who pays $975 a month for rent. “You pay all that money, and it will never be yours.”

Crowner has raised three children in public housing and also cares for her niece. Terron Arthur, her 20-year-old son; Quaniece Green, her 16-year-old daughter; and Anika Blake, her 17-year-old niece, will live in their new Habitat home on Clay Street.

This house is a new start for Crowner and her family, “I will be relieved when we are in our new home,” she said. “We are going to be relaxed and comfortable, and we won’t have to worry about people telling us who can and cannot be in our homes.”

Crowner works at Opportunity Builders, a nonprofit organization that provides vocational training and employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities. She likes to do crossword puzzles and play bingo in her spare time.

When she moves to her new home, she will focus on creating a welcoming home for her family. “I’ve never had anything I could call my own,” she said. “Everything I have has been given to me, and I am grateful. When we move to our new home, I can’t wait to do things little by little to make that home special.”