Foundation for Change: Genevieve and Luke’s Journey to Homeownership

Thanks to her hard work and a little bit of help, Genevieve is planting roots deep into the community she holds dear. Married to her high school sweetheart and mother to a lively three-year-old daughter, her life is interwoven with love, laughter, and the exciting adventure of building her own home through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program.

“For me, being a homeowner means stability and leaving a legacy for my family,” Genevieve shares. “It’s about creating a place where we can build and pass down traditions without worry, focusing on what truly matters- giving back to our community.”

Genevieve’s journey through the process of building her home is both challenging and meaningful. “Building a home is really fun, but it’s very difficult,” she admits. Teamwork has become her mantra, learning that while everyone may be trained in the same skills, each person shines differently.
“I am fabulous at putting nails in the wrong area, but everything is fixable,” she laughs. This insight speaks to a larger truth in her experience: the empowering process of trying, failing, and trying again until you succeed.

The mission of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity resonates deeply with Genevieve. “Everybody having a decent place to live means everyone flourishes,” she explains. “When people have their basic needs met, they can focus on becoming better versions of themselves, being good neighbors, and giving back to their community.” This philosophy underscores the transformative impact of secure housing on individual and collective well-being in Kittitas County and beyond.

Genevieve and her husband are forever grateful to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, Kittitas County, and the USDA for making this possible. She extends heartfelt thanks to Nick Nelson for his guidance and patience and to the neighbors she has come to know through building their homes together.

“We’ve got to help build each other’s homes, and then we get to live alongside each other and raise our kids together,” she reflects. “I’m just really thankful for the opportunity.”

Through Genevieve’s eyes, we glimpse the resilience and solidarity born from collective effort. Guided by Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, she not only achieves homeownership but also uncovers a profound sense of identity and direction. Her story illustrates how a secure, nurturing home acts as a catalyst for personal growth and community prosperity, forging a path toward a brighter future for all.

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