Our Homeowners

Latoya Ramseur Family

Latyoya is amazed that she will be able to have a home of her own, and won’t have to worry about moving here and there. It will be a stable, life changing experience. She will get to create a great environment and positive atmosphere for her son. She wants nothing more than to set a good example for him and wants to be a strong role model motivating him in a positive direction every day! Latoya believes having a stable and secure home life will lead to a better future for them both. She is determined to do all she can to make Ny’Meir’s dream of college and an awesome future come true.


The Apostle Build is a collaboration of local churches who come together in service, prayer, and fellowship to build strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter. We know that strong and stable homes build strong and stable communities. We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves. And we believe that with a little help, everyone has the potential to stand on their own. Therefore, each Apostle Build cycle, members of the faith community join together with Habitat to put their faith into action by co-sponsoring and co-building a house in partnership with a neighbor in need. Together, they create a foundation upon which a family can build their future.

If you would like more information on how your church can become an Apostle Builder, contact Jenna Ross at 828-328-4663×315 or jenna@habitatcatawbavalley.org.

Crystal Alcantara Family

This family of 4 is crowded living in a 2 bedroom apartment. When Crystal found out she was accepted as a Habitat homebuyer she was excited, relieved, and overwhelmed all at once! She says, “I felt that finally the struggle was over. I could finally stop paying high rent for small apartments and my kids could have their own room. I felt so proud to tell them we were getting a home of our own and we wouldn’t have to move from place to place anymore!”

Crystal looks forward to the time when her sons won’t be cramped into small living spaces and is relieved that they will be in a safe neighborhood. It will help financially because it’s more affordable than high rent and high power bills from poor insulation in old apartments. Crystal exclaims, “I am beyond grateful for this opportunity.”

Ie & Jeramie

The couple is confident that becoming homeowners will change their lives and their daugh-ter’s future. Ie says, “We are blessed to have this opportunity to become future homeowners. We’ve always wanted to celebrate holidays and have family get-togethers at our own place!” They admit to being a little nervous, but are happy that they will be able to have their own home.

Billy & Tasha

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.

With support from people like you, we are building something better for Billy and his family.

Special thanks to Frye Regional Medical Center for sponsoring Billy and Tasha’s Habitat house.


Kellie Houston

I am living in Conover in a 3-bedroom trailer that is in terrible shape. The power bills are $350-$450 in thehottest and coldest weather and I am challenged to catch up on the payments in the few months in between.

Being accepted into the Habitat homeownership program is a dream come true for myself. When you are single it’s hard to get ahead and being a homeowner will change my life completely. It will give me a sense of well-being. I won’t have to worry any more about the extremely high utility bills or being cold in the winter. I can actually enjoy the snow! I am extremely lucky to have this opportunity.

*Please include “Apostle Build” in the donation form’s Additional Comments section.

Yesica Xiong Family

 This family stays busy. Aedrey loves music and plays the piano. She also enjoys church, playing soccer and her favorite subject is science. Yestin likes soccer, church and loves to read a lot of books. Mom enjoys working out and staying fit.

Yesica says that they were very happy and thankful that their family was accepted for the homeownership program. She couldn’t wait to tell her family the good news. She is convinced that the only way to improve their lives is to force themselves to undergo difficult changes, but Habitat has given them the opportunity to feel comfortable and stable in accomplishing one of her dreams — to have a place to call HOME!

Mahongany

When asked how she felt and what she did when she found out she was accepted into Habitat’s program Mahongany said, “I was very excited because this is my third time trying to get into the program. I’m ready to become a homeowner and to be able to call this home mine!”

The family believes becoming homeowners will change their lives for the better. Having a yard for the girls to play in means a lot to them. It’s right up there with not having to share a small bedroom, and not having another tenant living above them!