Charissa Johnson has always wanted to provide a safe and stable home for her son, Jayveon (6). They currently live in an apartment in Elkhart, and Charissa has some concerns about the neighborhood. “Our apartment has been broken into three times and there was a murder next door,” she states, “Last week there was a cop chase through the backyard.”
Charissa first learned about Habitat’s Homeownership Program while babysitting for another Habitat Homeowner. Charissa didn’t think she would qualify, but her mother pushed her to apply. “I’ve always had a dream of owning my own house, but being a single mother there’s no way,” Charissa said. She applied last fall despite these doubts and was pleasantly surprised when she was accepted.
Charissa is a Nationally Certified Senior Pharmacy Technician at Walgreen’s. She really enjoys her job. When she isn’t working, she is spending time with her son and other family members and friends. “Friends and family are important to me,” she says. She and her son enjoy taking walks and going to the park. Jayveon plays soccer and loves riding his bike outside. “If he can be outside he is happy,” Charissa smiles. Jayveon started Kindergarten earlier this year.
Charissa’s dream of homeownership will soon become a reality. She selected a lovely lot on Morehouse in Elkhart for her and Jayveon. “My money will finally be going towards something that will actually be mine,” she says proudly. She is not the only one ready for their future. “[Jayveon] is so excited…Everyday he is asking me: When are we gonna move? When can we have a dog?”
The safety and stability of their new home will provide a positive environment for Jayveon to grow up in. “I just want to make sure he goes to a good school and is successful,” Charissa states. The affordable mortgage payments will make it possible for Charissa to go back to school and complete the last semester of her Medical Assisting Degree. Construction on their new home is scheduled to begin in early 2017.