The Phillips Family
Matthew and Crystal Phillips have been raising their two children, James and Haley, in a small rental home. James, who just turned 18 in August, sleeps on a bed in the basement. He hasn't had his own room since he was five. Haley has her own space but she doesn't have a closet. The family shares one bathroom. It's small but it's what they have, so they are grateful for it.
On April 14th, 2017, two years to day since Chrystal’s mom passed away, she was standing in her driveway when the words "Let's get your family into a strong, affordable home!" were impressed upon her mind. Chrystal knew it was time to apply for a Habitat home, something her mom had encouraged her to do for years.
When Matthew and Chrystal came to Habitat to apply, they needed to do a few things to qualify for the program. Habitat’s Director of Homeowner Services, Lanette Hill, took them out to the West End neighborhood to show them where their house would be built. This provided just the incentive that Matthew and Chrystal needed. They were quickly accepted into the program and began to work to get their sweat equity hours completed.
Fast forward to August 29th when the Phillips broke ground on a house that was only a dream two years ago! That's what your voice, your financial support and your time do in Putnam County: help build strength, stability and independence to families in need of a decent place to live.
Follow along on Facebook to see the Phillips make the journey from breaking ground to closing on their new, affordable home..