As a single mother of five, Latashia is working hard to give her children the opportunities they need to succeed. However, their two bedroom rental didn’t offer nearly enough space for their large family. Knowing she needed a bigger home, Latashia began the uphill battle of trying to find a safe home that she could afford.
What she found on the open market was either out of her price range or in areas she wouldn’t feel safe raising a family. Latashia’s not alone. Milwaukee is currently steeped in an affordable housing crisis where nearly 60% of renters are living in unaffordable housing. That’s when she reached out to Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity.
In an effort spearheaded by Thrivent Financial, the organization brought together nearly 30 area churches to help Latashia build a brand new four bedroom home for her family. Thanks to their financial and volunteer support, Latashia now owns a home with enough space and a mortgage she can afford.
“It is inspiring to work alongside Habitat families, Thrivent members and other volunteers to build and repair homes,” said Lisa Truong, a Community Engagement Leader with Thrivent. “Sharing our time and talents to live generously and strengthen our community is a great way to get to know our neighbors and make a real difference.”
Individuals who gave their time and financial support joined Latashia and her children as they celebrated the closing of her home. As her youngest daughter, Nylaa, cut the ceremonial ribbon on their front porch, Latashia thanked God for the strength to build this home for her family.