Bethany Moore has a full house-- a rented apartment with four children-- and although it’s their home right now, she hopes they can move into a house of their own, with the help of Habitat for Humanity.
A graduate of Southeast High School and Parkland College, Champaign, Bethany currently works full-time, while studying for her Bachelor’s Degree through Southern Illinois University’s on-line degree program.
Bethany qualified for a home by volunteering many hours of service to Habitat for Humanity activities and working on construction projects for other families. “I really like the volunteering and being part of Habitat. It’s been a good experience and I feel very comfortable with the staff and other volunteers.
“It’s not a hand out, it’s sweat equity,” Bethany said of her experience. She has completed most of the home ownership classes required by Habitat for Humanity and found them to be helpful. Since she met the qualifications for a home, she has begun looking for a lot, but has also considered a remodeled older home, with plenty of room for her four children.
“I want to have room for my big kitchen table where everyone can continue to sit together,” she said. “Family is very important.” Daughter Kae’ Lynn, 10, said she wants a bigger house where “everyone can have their own room.” She said she’s thinking of wall colors and she loves animal prints—cheetah prints, possibly. Her brother, Thomas, 11, wants a big closet with shelves so he can display his action figures, in addition to storing his clothes. He thinks a big living room and big kitchen island would be nice. Her older children, Andrew, 13, and Brooklyn, 15, are also looking forward to a house where everyone can be together, be comfortable, and feel at home.
Bethany believes that a home of her own can provide more space for the whole family and give her greater financial stability. “It’s very expensive to rent an apartment big enough for our family. Sometimes I don’t feel like I can get ahead,” she said. “When we pay for our own home I feel like we are investing in our future. I would like to see other families blessed like this in the future, too,” Bethany said.