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. It really means a lot to me to be able to raise my boys in a house, which is something I did not get the chance to experience.”
I’m familiar with Habitat for Humanity but was initially intimidated and felt I would never be able to afford to purchase a home of my own. I always thought a mortgage would be really expensive but, as I’m learning, it can be more affordable than what I pay to rent with utilities. I’m also excited because I look at owning a home as an investment. Renting is fine but there isn’t that sense of paying toward something of my very own.
In retrospect, I’m very happy that I decided to take the plunge and apply for a Habitat home. Since I was fortunate enough to be selected to become a partner family, I have met a great deal of wonderful people in the process. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity.”
Elizabeth’s family home and will be the 61st Habitat for Humanity Home in Champaign County.