Ira and Terese Compton & Family
Ira and Terese are married and together have three children. They have spent a lot of time moving around trying to secure decent housing for their family. The couple can recall living in various Section-8 homes in less-than-desirable neighborhoods. They’ve been blessed with three girls and Ira worried about his daughters being in danger, especially when going to school. The older girls have reached adulthood and now have lives of their own. Youngest daughter, Cazana, 18, lives at home and helps raise her niece alongside Ira and Terese. Recently, Cazana complained of having indecent slurs shouted at her and friends as they walked to the neighborhood grocery store. Just as the Comptons were getting at the end of their rope, a cousin living in Springfield, OH, told them about the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program. They saw it as the perfect opportunity to get away from a life in public housing, plagued with drugs, crime and other drama that usually comes with their neighborhood. Ira and Terese applied and were accepted on their first attempt to join the program.
Ira is a parts inspector for UPS, working in their warehouse, and has been employed there for 12 years. He really enjoys his job and co-workers. Terese works in a factory part-time and has been employed 10 years as a full-time Home Health Aide. She says she likes to interact with and assist the elderly, especially those who do not see their families on a regular basis. Cazana is currently training in Nursing at the Ponitz Career Technology Center. In addition to her nursing training, she attends Sinclair Community College part-time and holds a part-time job with Friendship Village as a hostess. Terese is very proud of her daughter and says that Cazana helps her out tremendously with home duties and raising their granddaughter. Aubrey, 3, will attend daycare this fall. Her favorite cartoon character is SpongeBob Square Pants; she speaks very well, and loves her grandpa Ira and aunt Cazana dearly.
Ira and Terese enjoyed their time working on sweat equity together. Terese said they met some caring people and made lasting friendships with a number of families. They learned how to use the table saws and worked on building projects such as rebuilding the Wesley Center pantry. “I can remember going to the center to get help for my family, and it was privilege to actually give back,” said Terese. They thought the maintenance class was a great way to learn how to repair things around the home, in the case they need to conduct repairs on their own. Money skills gave them guidelines to follow in order to save and manage their money. “The Habitat program allowed us time to improve our credit and the program was a good alternative from trying to get a conventional bank mortgage loan”, said Terese. The Compton family is happy to become homeowners in a secure neighborhood, while having the peace of mind that their children will always have a place to call home.