My name is Tikisha Ellis. I am a 30-year old single parent, full time employee at RPS 205, and entrepreneur. As I go through the process of purchasing my first home this summer with Habitat for Humanity, here is what I have learned and my advice to all of the future homebuyers out there!
Becoming a homeowner takes a lot of hard work, dedication and discipline, from managing money and balancing check books to continuously working on repairing and maintaining your credit. You have to be spiritually, physically, and mentally ready to take on this journey— because becoming a homeowner is exactly that: a journey. Even though it is hard work, it is a great opportunity that is worth the time and effort. I am at the best place in my life that I have ever been at because I am accomplishing my goals and achieving my dreams one step at a time. I have always dreamed of owning my own home, and that dream is unfolding right before my eyes. It is a very emotional feeling, looking back to see how far you have come and realizing where God is about to take you. It’s a great feeling. It’s an edge-of-your-seat-can’t-wait feeling!
I am so thankful and blessed to be able to partner with Habitat for Humanity. These past few months have been challenging but achievable. Along the way, Habitat has become a part of my family by demonstrating the love of God not only through the construction of each home but also by supporting, counseling, and showing kindness to each partner family as we come across the obstacles and unforeseen challenges that come with building our homes step by step.
If you have considered building a home with Habitat for Humanity, this is an opportunity that you don’t want to miss, so get involved, ask questions, stay connected, and— rule number one— be willing to partner!