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The Cummings family


Kristina Cummings stands in front of her new Habitat for Humanity home. Cummings moved often as a child and is now glad she can provide a more permanent place for her son, Kaleb.

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Building stability, just like mom

Kristina Cummings knows the benefits of homeownership. When she was a child, her mother was forced to move around a lot.

Three years ago, Cummings’ mother became a Habitat homeowner, and she says it stabilized her life. This October, Cummings will work toward a Habitat home of her own.

“I really wanted a house to have a permanent place as my son grows older, a place for him to play,” she said. “When I was a kid, I moved around a lot when I was growing up. I didn’t have a neighborhood that I could say I was from.”

She is proud that Kaleb, 3, will know a much different upbringing. Cummings has worked hard to provide the opportunity. She works at a local bank and hopes to open her own business in the future: a full-service spa.

Closer to home, Cummings is thrilled with the Wylam Oaks neighborhood where her Habitat house will be located. She has already met several neighbors-to-be and says she might have even recruited a neighbor as a potential babysitter. “We haven’t worked out the terms of that agreement, but we’ve made progress,” Cummings said with a laugh.

In other recruiting news, she’s hoping she’ll have her mother’s help during the build week. “I know I couldn’t help on my mother’s house because I had just had my son,” Cummings said. “But now my mom suggested she could help me by watching Kaleb. I said, ‘That’s the easy way!’”