Campaign to Support Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County
Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County and ReStore is a nonprofit, Christian housing ministry that works both to eliminate poverty housing around the world and to make adequate housing a matter of conscience and action. Habitat welcomes partners from any faith – or no faith tradition – who are willing to help improve the lives of families needing safe, affordable, decent housing.
Alicia Washington is pretty clear about what she wants out of this opportunity as she partners with Habitat volunteers to build her first home. “I just want a chance to create stability for my family, she says. My dad was a good saver, he helped me learn about how to build my credit, and always stressed being disciplined in reaching for a goal. I have been able to complete both my bachelors’ and masters’ programs by being focused and disciplined through online college programs. I started at Walmart 10 years ago and have worked up through the ranks to a pharmacy tech position.” Alicia also works a few times a week as a Unit 4 substitute teacher. “I really like the middle school age; Edision has been a great place to work, and substitute teaching gives me a very flexible schedule with my kids and their activities.”
Despite all that, what keeps her most focused on her home ownership goal is her 5 children; Lathen 11, Daniel 7, Bradan 4 and twin girls Mila and Mylynn age 2. “Right now I don’t let them go outside in our neighborhood to play-- it’s just not safe at any time of day. I’m looking forward to a home and a yard where they can play outside, and invite their friends over for a birthday party or a sleepover..just normal stuff most kids get to do in their homes. She continues, “ A home of our own is really a dream come true…I can’t say that enough.”