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The Snider family

 


As a home health aide, Deontenice Snider is able to tailor her work schedule to help her oldest son, Allen, who has cerebral palsy. Caring for him and her other two sons will be easier in their new Habitat home.

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‘Strong enough now’

Deontenice Snider said it took a long time to believe that she could handle life as a single mother. But she recently ended her marriage and applied to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build her children a new house.

“I’m strong enough now to start a new life with my children,” Snider said.

She is a home health aide, taking care of two patients at their homes. Snider says her occupation helps her with her son Allen, who has cerebral palsy. “It teaches me how to better take care of him and how to react to his needs at home. I love my job.”

Snider works around Allen’s schedule. She tries to be around to get him on his bus for school in the morning, and to help him off the bus most afternoons. The difficulty comes in navigating the steep hill that leads down to her rental house. “It scares me getting him up and down this hill with that wheelchair. I’m scared I might slip and fall and lose my step someday. That’s why I’m thankful the house we’re moving to is all flat!”

In the meantime, her other two sons, 14-year-old Lorenda and 9-year-old Lorez, help as much as they can. And Snider is trying to provide all of them with stability—along with a little fun.

“I took the two youngest boys to Six Flags for the first vacation we’ve done on our own,” she said with pride. “I’m trying to make them be men, to work and not look for easy ways out. I’m just happy being a mom.”