In honor of Black History Month beginning this Monday, we'd like to share the story of our 88th Homeowner, Sharon Sewell, and her family:
Sharon Sewell, our 88th Homeowner, is a single mother of Orville, Ariel, and Ganna. Orville is finishing his doctorate at Texas A&M, Ariel is at the University of Houston, and Ganna lives at home with Sharon.
Sharon has made many sacrifices to provide for her family, including moving from Jamaica to the US. After becoming a Habitat homeowner in 2014, she finished her schooling while working at Lowe's and raising three children and has now become a Registered Nurse! Although she thought her dream of homeownership was a longshot, her tenacious spirit proved otherwise and she is now a proud Habitat homeowner, mother, and nurse.
Habitat for Humanity is committed to being actively anti-racist and to affirming, through word and action, that Black Lives Matter and that our communities and systems must further this fundamental truth. In the words of Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International: "We must commit to doing the work in our practices, our programs and our networks that brings equity to our efforts and helps bring justice to the communities in which we work. We must, throughout our ministry, do a better job of connecting issues of racial and social injustice with historic barriers to affordable housing and working to eradicate those barriers."