A student mother with two boys, Lisa Jones is about to become a first time homeowner.
A medical secretary for St. Louis University’s pediatrics at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, Jones looked for an area to live with a decent school district for her children. After encouragement from a friend, Jones applied for Habitat for Humanity. Within a month, she received approval for the last available home to be built in University City. Jones currently lives in a two-bedroom apartment with her sons, Nalin and Myles.
One of the most important things throughout the process, she said, is Habitat’s willingness to help.
“It’s a humbling feeling,” Jones said. “It allows me to see there are people who do want the best for you.”
Jones said buying a home through Habitat for Humanity is a blessing that comes with hard work.
"It is rewarding," she said.
The program makes sure homeowners are financially stable and even offers classes to aid the new homeowners.
“It’s a really empowering process and one of the only that I really know of that’s a community outreach sort of speak, that provides you with those skills,” she said. “They want to show you how to do it so you can turn around and do it yourself. It’s been very eye-opening for me and has bettered me as a person.”
While waking up at 6 a.m. may not be pleasant, Jones enjoyed going to the house on Saturday mornings to work with the team of volunteers to build.