Ebonie Williams was born and raised in Champaign. She has two children a 12 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. She is currently a full time student at Ashford University and a full time Teaching Assistant at Head Start in Champaign County. Her kids both attend Champaign Schools and with the lot Ebonie chose they will be able to continue their
Mary Belford was born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago. She moved her family to Champaign to be near their extended family, and so her son and daughter could be brought up in a “different environment” than the big city. Since she has lived in Champaign, Mary has become licensed with DSFS to be a foster parent. She has adopted two children, and continues
Larisha Exum was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is the mother of 12 year old twin girls, Ayanna and Alayna, and is employed at the University of Illinois. “I have always dreamed of becoming a homeowner and in 2011 I set a personal goal of attaining a home within 5 years. I never thought the opportunity would happen this soon, but hard
Connita was born in Kankakee, IL and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. She came to Champaign to help care for her mother who had cancer. Caring for her mother led her to a career as a CNA. She has worked to care of others for over ten years. Connita recently went back to school to become an RN. After adopting her son, she wanted
Arica Moss moved with her three daughters to Rantoul in 2007. She wanted to save money, work on fixing her credit score, have a quiet neighborhood for her girls and ultimately own her own home. She knew she just had to be patient and pray. Arica has always been a protective mother. She supervises her girls playing in the neighborhood and keeps them active
Elizabeth Williams is originally from the Champaign area. She attended Eastern Illinois University and currently works for the University of Illinois. She is a single mother of two boys, ages 10 and 2. “We are all very excited at the prospect of owning our very own home. It will give us a sense of stability. Living in rented housing is all I’ve ever known.
Samathie Young was born in Champaign but was the child of a military family and moved every year or two. She has lived everywhere from California to New York, and attended eight different schools. Because they traveled a lot, she was never able to have a place that she called home. “It was hard for me to finish school because of all the different