Foundation for Change: James’s Journey to Homeownership

In the intricate tapestry of life, James’ journey stands out as a testament to resilience and the enduring pursuit of a dream. Formerly a seasoned builder before an injury altered his path, James now finds himself discovering the gifts of teamwork with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.
“I was a homeless child, and being a homeowner brings safety and security to me,” said James, unveiling a poignant chapter of his past that few could guess today. Settling in Ellensburg in 1973, he embarked on a life that exemplified resilience and a relentless pursuit of stability.
James’ professional journey was equally demanding. After years spent laboring for various companies, a severe injury significantly shifted his path, leaving him unable to work and confront new realities. In 2016, James decided to apply for a home with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, a first step that promised to redefine his life’s trajectory.
For James, the concept of homeownership transcends the mere idea of having shelter; it signifies a bastion of safety, a beacon of community belonging, and a symbol of achieving the unachievable. “It means a lot- safety, a community that I can live in, that I can really be a part of,” James shares.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision, a world where everyone has a decent place to live, deeply resonates with James. He imagines a world where communities support each other and where every individual has the chance to thrive without having to worry about where they will live.
As he nears the completion of his home, James’ thoughts turn to the broader impact of his journey. He’s not just building a house; he’s crafting a sanctuary where his family can prosper and where he can finally enjoy a lasting sense of security.

“It’s not just about having a roof over our heads,” he says. “It’s about creating a place where my children can feel safe and secure, where they can grow and thrive. That’s what homeownership means to me.”
Looking forward, James anticipates welcoming friends and family into his new home, sharing the pride and joy of the work that he has invested in this project. His gratitude extends deeply to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and the community that has supported him throughout this journey.
James’ story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the profound impact of community support. It’s a narrative of a man who overcame life’s stark adversities through determination, ultimately embracing the hope, happiness, and warmth of a place to call home.


To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects.