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Applying to Habitat was a life-saving decision (part 2) -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Applying to Habitat was a life-saving decision (part 2)

The Howards’ house was built in partnership with Tacoma, Wash., area churches as the Tacoma Habitat Building on Faith Home 2008.
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Howard helps her son, Samaad, with his homework.
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Healthy at home, back in school

Since moving in almost four years ago, I don’t have to use the central line for medication anymore. I still have to take steroids for asthma, but I’m not on oxygen anymore.

My kids don’t use their steroid inhalers, either. I’ve been in the hospital just one time since I’ve been here, and that was for a bad cold and only for three days.

In the years when I was sick all the time, Aache had to be the mother. She helped with the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning. If I went to the hospital and a friend came to get the kids, Aache was the one who packed up their clothes. She was the one the other kids went to because they missed my being there. She kept everybody together.

She always worked really hard in school, and she did the best she could. But the mental part of everything that was going on at home took its toll on her.

Once we moved into our Habitat house, she was able to step out of the mother role and concentrate on her studies. She just graduated from high school, and she got acceptance letters from 12 colleges. She has decided to go to Washington State University to major in software engineering.

I’m back in school also, after 19 years. I finished my sixth quarter at Pierce College in Lakewood, Wash., with a 3.7 GPA.

I plan to transfer and finish at Central Washington University, getting a degree in education mixed with some business. I want to start a mentoring foundation and teach.

Habitat for Humanity has put me in a position to reach back and help someone else.

I would most likely not be here today if it had not been for Habitat. It changed my life and the lives of my children, and I promise to pass it on.

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