The Velma Dorsey family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Velma Dorsey family

Room for her granddaughters

Velma Dorsey grew up in Annapolis on Edgewood Road. She had two boys and now wants to provide a home for her granddaughters Tamara Ireland, 16, and Kara, 13. Dorsey rents on Pleasant Street in the Clay Street community, but she doesn’t have enough room for three people.

Dorsey learned about Habitat for Humanity from her friend Terry Morgan, who was working on her Habitat house on Clay Street.

“I need something to call my own instead of paying rent to other people,” Dorsey said. “I want somewhere for my grandchildren to live and be safe, a place I can leave them when I’m gone.”

Dorsey is a caretaker for an elderly woman in the Annapolis community. She has also worked as a health aide and with disabled children. She has her day care license and is considering the possibility of running her own day care center.

When asked what she does for fun, Dorsey answers enthusiastically: “I go to church, and I visit with my mother. I love to dance, but I don’t like to go to clubs. Mostly, I like to be outdoors, swimming or water-skiing. I take the girls on picnics to the parks, and we take little day trips.”

It is easy to see that Velma finds joy and inspiration in her own family.