The Taja Cole family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Taja Cole family

‘A sense of stability’ for her son

The determination to build a better life for herself and her son, Jaylen Raymond, brought Taja Cole to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.

“I had been looking for ways to help out in the community anyway,” Cole said. “I came across lots of programs that were just about money and not really helping people out. I wanted to be part of something that helps people become more responsible and accountable, something that really gives people a way to work for something of their own. Habitat really does that.”

When Cole was growing up, her family moved constantly. Now she wants Jaylen to have a home. “It needs to start at an early age,” she said. Jaylen will celebrate his first birthday Oct. 16.

“I want the ability to show my son how things are supposed to be,” Cole said. “I want him to have a sense of stability in his life.”

Lately, she’s been talking to her 15-year-old brother, who has confided in her about how he is growing up. “I sympathize, because I felt the same way,” she said. “In fact, I am hoping I can bring him to live with me.”

A determined young woman, Cole works as an accounting assistant for Easy Pass Maryland, where she verifies daily financial transactions, reconciles credit reports and performs other important functions within her department. When asked what she does for fun, Cole laughs, “Well, I work full time. I’m a full-time mom, and I go to school. So I am pretty busy,” she explained. She spends free time with her family; they enjoy making meals and playing cards together.

Cole feels strongly about helping other young mothers to achieve their dreams: “Someday, I want to start a nonprofit that helps young mothers to continue their educations. I am pursuing mine, and I have a lot of help. Not everyone has that; I want to help.”