The Partner Families:
- Are required to take classes in finance, home care and nutrition provided by Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton
- Are required to put in several hundred hours of volunteer work
- Receive an interest free loan
- Are required to have a stable income with which to payback the home loan
This Year’s Partner Family
Sherelle Gabriel & Family
Sherelle Gabriel is a single mother of 3 children. After 3 years of living in a DMHA rental home where the family endured a drug-infested neighborhood, failing school district and several break-ins, Sherelle felt it was time for a change. A friend and partner family told her about the Habitat Homeownership Program with a 0% interest rate home loan. Sherelle applied and was accepted on her first try.
Sherelle graduated from Miami Jacobs Career College with an Associate degree as a Medical Assistant. She is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Her training was invaluable when she acted quickly to save the life of a special care resident who was choking on food. Sherelle is currently working for Liberty Home Health Care as a home health aide. She assists the elderly and disabled with daily living activities while they remain in the comfort of their homes.
Sherelle and her children are very close. 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 Habitat has 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 Habitat classes that have helped her to understand all the components involved with being a homeowner. She knows 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 Habitat instructors, especially the nutrition and money skills classes. While attending the Habitat classes and working on her sweat equity hours, Sherelle has met and worked alongside 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.” She and her family are very eager to become homeowners.