Sherelle Gabriel, a single mother of three, recently became a Habitat homeowner. When she applied to the Habitat program, she lived in a public housing rental home in the middle of a drug-infested neighborhood. Her family sustained the heartbreak of several break-ins that would mysteriously occur soon after purchasing things to make her home more comfortable. She knew it was not a good atmosphere in which to raise her family. A friend (and fellow Habitat partner family) told her about the Habitat Homeownership Program and how it could help her achieve an affordable mortgage in a safe, new home. She applied and was accepted on her first try.
Sherelle is a Certified Nursing Assistant with a degree from Sinclair College. Currently working for Liberty Home Health Care as a Home Health Aide, she assists the elderly and disabled with daily living activities while remaining in the comfort of their homes. Her oldest, 15-year-old Tyrae, is interested in training and caring for horses, raising Tilapia fish, and landscaping. Shenell, 14, shares her brother’s interests. The oldest children attend Trotwood High School. The youngest, Sherae, 11, attends a summer program called the Gifted Bell Program, and remains on the school honor roll.
Sherelle says the program helped to change her life by providing her the opportunity to become a homeowner and giving her the necessary tools to succeed. She is thankful for the classes because she can now understand all of the components involved with being a homeowner. She understands it is more than just paying the mortgage, but also being a good neighbor. Since attending classes, she has changed her lifestyle by following the advice of her instructors, especially the nutrition and money skills classes. Sherelle says through this program, and working on her sweat equity hours, she has met and worked along-side so many amazing families. These families are now very good friends. Sherelle said, “I feel so honored and blessed to be a part of such an awesome organization.”