Meyasha Clemons

Meyasha Clemons is a very busy mother with three young boys and two jobs. Now she has added volunteer hours to her week, so that she can build a home her sons will return to for years to come.

“I always had this in the back of my mind,” she explained, describing how she came to the Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County Homeownership Program.  “I’ve volunteered to help build houses for about four years and I knew someday I wanted to have my own.”  She applied and was accepted into the program in the summer of 2022.

Clemons, 30, is already working towards her required sweat equity hours in the program, as she juggles jobs and family life. Add to that, monthly education classes on home ownership and her plate is full.

She hopes to build a house with Habitat volunteers that she will share with sons, Peytyn, 10, Pierre, 9 and Karter, 8, in a neighborhood where they can stay in their current school, Carl Sandberg.

“I’ve always wanted a place my kids could call home even when they have moved away,” Clemons said. “I want them to have a place to come home to.”

“They are excited about this,” she added. “They see me working to accomplish something and I hope it will inspire them to have goals too and work on them.”