the vercouteren family
Tonya is a single mother with three children. Tonya and her two sons, 16-year old Jodecy and 4-year old Savior currently live in a two-bedroom apartment in Southeast Portland. Tonya’s 10-year old daughter Zania, who has cerebral palsy, currently lives in a medical foster home because she requires constant care. Tonya and her sons visit her daughter regularly but cannot bring her home for visits as the apartment is not ADA accessible and the bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs.
Tonya has worked for the past 10 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Jodecy is currently attending high school. He enjoys video games and is very good with his younger brother. Savior is a very outgoing, friendly boy who loves arts and crafts and playing on his tablet. Daughter, Zania loves to have visitors and her favorite movie is Frozen.
Tonya heard about the Habitat program through her community and decided to apply to provide security and stability for her children and to set a good example for them. Tonya cried tears of joy when she found out she was accepted into the Habitat program. She is looking forward to spending Christmas and birthdays together with her children in their own home. She is also looking forward to being able to have Zania come for visits and one day possibly come live with them.
Tonya, assisted by her son Jodecy, will complete 300 hours of sweat equity by taking classes, volunteering at the ReStore, assisting in the construction of the home, and helping Habitat with office projects.
In late 2018, Tonya, Jodecy and Savior will move into their newly constructed four bedroom home in the Brooklyn neighborhood. Their home is part of Habitat’s new Brooklyn Pines development and will be wheelchair accessible with a bedroom and handicap accessible bathroom on the first floor.