Foundation for Change: Cara’s Journey to Homeownership

Born and raised in Ellensburg, Cara’s roots run deep in her community. A devoted mother to her six-year-old daughter, she finds joy in her work at a downtown preschool. She is most recently building her first home through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program enables qualified, hard-working people to build and to buy their own homes with sustainable, affordable mortgages and a support system of other partner families nearby. The current project, located in the north side of Ellensburg, is bringing 18 3-bedroom homes to approximately 81 people in our community that will benefit not only this generation but many more to come through affordable homeownership.

“For me, being a homeowner means a fresh new start.”

Cara’s journey is marked by bittersweet memories. Three years ago, Cara lost her mother to cancer, leaving behind cherished memories of their family home just down the street from her home in progress. Cara has found solace in the prospect of creating a new home for her family in the same area as her childhood home. The news of her acceptance into the Habitat for Humanity program came as a divine answer to her prayers for structure and a community that feels like family.

As Cara embarks on this new chapter of her life, she finds herself reflecting on the journey that brought her here. Memories of driving past Habitat for Humanity homes as a child flood her mind, reminding her of the dreams of having her own home from a young age.

Through the challenges and lessons of the construction process, Cara has discovered newfound patience and resilience. “I’ve learned a little bit more patience. It’s quite a process building a house,” she admits. With Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s support, this dream is becoming a reality.

Looking to the future, Cara envisions a world where affordable housing is within reach for all families, regardless of their circumstances.

“I feel like there’s a huge need for people in our community that need affordable housing situations, who want to have roots to build a home and have a family.”

In Cara’s story, we find a testament to the transformative power of hope and community. Through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, she has not only found a place to call home but also discovered a newfound sense of belonging and purpose. As she steps into this new chapter of her life, Cara embodies the spirit of resilience, reminding us that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible, including our vision to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

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