Partner Family Spotlight: Brittany & Jamari!

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brittany ricksBrittany spent her youth living in fear. She grew up in one of the local housing developments, witnessing crime, drug use and other dangers a child her age should never have to see.

Brittany, however, did not let that fear overtake her – she instead became even more determined to provide a better life for herself and her future family.

She worked hard in school, put herself through college and received her associates degree in Occupational Science in Medical Assisting. She took her passion for helping others and turned it into a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant through a local at home hospice organization, helping to feed, clothe, bath, and keep comfortable those who are unable to do so for themselves.

Two years ago, Brittany became a mother to an adorable son named Jamari who is her pride and joy. As the main provider for Jamari, she wants nothing more than to provide her son with the safety and security she didn’t feel as a child.

Currently Brittany and Jamari are living in a neighborhood similar to the one she grew up in – with a lot of crime and drug activity. She desperately wants Jamari to have a stable home to grow up in and a place they can truly call their own.

Luckily, through a friend Brittany found out about Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. She took a chance, applied and qualified.

Through Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program, Brittany will purchase her home and pay an affordable, zero percent interest mortgage that will make her dream of homeownership a reality. She will attend ten financial and homeownership education classes, monthly one-on-on budgeting sessions and will complete 350 hours of “sweat equity” helping to build her home and the homes of other partner families.

Brittany and Jamari cannot wait to move into their new home next summer and play outside in their big backyard.

“Owning my own home will mean a lot to me and my family because my mother never owned her own home and I want her to be proud of me,” said Brittany, “I would like to thank you from me and my son. This would mean the world to me.”

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