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Role models run in the family (part 2) -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Role models run in the family (part 2)


Viola Redic discovered such a talent for home improvement, she helps train AmeriCorps members and Habitat volunteers on Construction 101. Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros


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‘I can come home to my house’

While Viola loved moving into a refurbished house, Annette was happy that her home was brand new. She learned about building as she went, helping raise walls and hammer together stair steps.

“Habitat definitely helped me branch out,” Annette said. “This experience gave me confidence to take on new projects.”

She said the sweat-equity hours that went into building her home mattered almost as much as owning a home.

“I dreamed as a little girl of painting my walls and setting up my house,” she said. “Through this process, I was able to learn about electrical and woodworking and put up a lot of drywall.”

Now Aquinas is attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Malik is a high school senior who intends to enlist in the U.S. Army. Annette said she’s thankful that her children had their own space growing up.

“They are so driven, and both can’t wait to be on their own,” she said. “I’m glad that I got to be my kids’ role model. They didn’t have to go out the front door or be surrounded by other things to see success.”

Annette also helped inspire another Redic: her little sister, Deseree.

“Being a homeowner is really a great feeling,” said Deseree, 27, who moved into her Habitat home in 2008. “I can come home to my house; it’s not somebody else’s. It’s kept the way I expect a house to be cleaned. It’s a part of me, and I put it together with this community. I just love it.”