BANGOR – Habitat for Humanity is helping Shannon Eberhart’s dream of owning a home come true.
“My dream was always to get a house,” says Eberhart, who is from Bangor. “But I never would believe that I could get a house on my own.”
She’s a mother of three children and for her, money is tight.
She applied for housing with Habitat Bangor back in February and recently learned she had received a unanimous vote from the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor Family Selection Committee and Board of Directors that she had been chosen to be the next Habitat partner for a home in Bradley.
Habitat says her ability to hold a job and an apartment for 14 years, while raising a family, made her stand out.
“Even though she doesn’t make a lot of money, she manages her money extremely well,” says Lynn Hempen, Executive Director of Habitat Bangor.
Now she and her daughter, Kaylah Dyer, are getting a first look at their new home.
“It’s like new beginnings for me, my sister and my mom,” says Kaylah. “Like starting over and getting out of the old routine of living in housing and not being able to get out and then just being able to start fresh.”
Meanwhile, a group of University of Maine seniors in the Construction Technology Engineering program worked tirelessly in the cold and freezing rain to help give Eberhart and her family that fresh start.
“It feels wonderful in the community that there is people out there that are willing to help those in need,” says Eberhart.
But while the students work to provide a roof over the family’s heads, Shannon Eberhart knows the house is more than that.
“To show my girls that if you put your mind to anything, you can do it.”
Renovations hope to be completed by May.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor is still looking for donations for Eberhart’s home and is looking to raise another $20,000.
To donate or learn how you can volunteer, you can visit Habitat Bangor’s website.
You can also contact Lynn Hempen directly at 207-947-8977 or [email protected].