The Bounvassana Family
Mary Bounvassana lives with her two children Jeremias, 12, and Alicia, 10. Mary is a single mom and works as a bank teller. They live in a two-bedroom apartment that is poorly insulated, with an extensive mold problem which has caused both of her children asthma. The bathroom sink, bathtub, and toilet all get clogged due to poor plumbing. Mary and her children would love to move into a new house where they could all have separate rooms and a safe area to play.
Mary heard about Habitat for Humanity because her boyfriend, Ruben, grew up in a Habitat home. His family kept telling Mary how Habitat changed their lives and encouraged her to apply to the program. In fact, last year Ruben’s parents paid off their Habitat mortgage and they own their home free and clear.
“Being with Ruben allowed me to see the long-term effects of what it is like to grow up in a Habitat home as well as see the equity that a family receives by being a homeowner,” Mary said. “I am excited to own something that will always be mine. My children have always had to ask permission from a landlord to paint their walls or to hang up pictures, and it’s going to great to tell them to pick whatever color they want for their own room.”
Mary and her family will be moving into their new home this December when the final building phase of Jubilee Commons is scheduled to be complete.