Cassandra is from Ohio, but has lived in several other states and finally settled in Alaska in 2005. At that time Cassandra and her children lived in an overcrowded apartment that flooded often which soon brought, mold. Cassandra worked tireless hours at Providence Alaska Medical Center to make ends meet. She wouldn’t have been able to balance work and caring for her children if it wasn’t for her oldest daughter, Alexis, who looked out for her younger siblings. Cassandra was hopeful that there was a better life for her family and she was determined to make a change.
She applied for Habitat hoping for the chance to become a homeowner. Although, the first time she applied she didn’t get selected, but it didn’t stop her. Cassandra applied again, and she received a letter saying “Congratulations, you are selected to be a Habitat homebuyer.” At that time, the children did not understand what it meant to be partnering with Habitat for a new house, but they did know they wanted to have their own rooms and a little more space to play in.
Now Cassandra and her family are comfortably living in their home. If you volunteer on the jobsite, you might see Cassandra still swinging a hammer and helping build the homes of other Habitat homebuyers.