Billy & Tasha
Billy works 3rd shift as a Line Operator and Tasha faces the daily challenges of being a stay-at-home Mom for Autumn (3) and Gabriel (1). She hopes that when the kids are both old enough to be in school, she’ll be able rejoin the workforce to help earn more money for the family.
With their hectic schedule, both Billy and Tasha consider their family time to be very special. The young family attends Eastern Sky Church of God in Conover to maintain and build their love and faith. The kids enjoy watching Sesame Street and other kids’ shows, playing with their dog Daisy, and just being with each other. You can feel the love.
The family lives in a 2-bedroom trailer that is poorly insulated with a furnace that can’t keep up with the demand for heat or air, which leaves them with extremely high power bills. Tasha got the phone call that they were accepted into Habitat’s homeownership program. She was bursting with excitement and ran to tell Billy, who had just finished his night shift at work, taken his daughter to school, and was headed for bed! He wondered what all the commotion was about. While Tasha was still sharing the good news Billy was already planning how they could get started on those 500 sweat equity hours. He said he didn’t mind working hard on someone else’s house because he knew his family would eventually be able to have a home of their own. He has always wanted his children to have a better life than he did growing up.
Billy said, “Our lives will be changed because I don’t ever want to make my children move, or have to change schools every year so we can find a better place to live. They’ll be able to keep their friends and never need to share a bedroom. I look at my daughter and my son and see a very bright future for them in our fun and loving home. We could actually invite family and friends over without feeling ashamed about where we live.”
His first question after hearing this fantastic news was whether there was any sweat equity work hours he could work that day before he goes home to get some sleep.