"You feel better when you have something to work for, something that gives you a sense of even more self-worth." - Mandy, Habitat homeowner
She had been living in a basement apartment with mold issues, an unhealthy environment for her and her two sons, 13-year-old Tyler and 15-year-old Kenny, all of whom have asthma.
But breathing easier isn't the only improvement to her family's health that she has noticed.
"I feel like people don't focus on mental health when they think of the word 'health,'" she says.
Before moving into the home, the boys had to share a room. They didn't have their own spaces. They lived "on top of each other," she says.