A single mother shares her ex­pe­ri­ence on be­com­ing the owner of the 60th home built on P.E.I. by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MAUREEN COUL­TER

Deanna Lowe is thrilled to put a roof over her boys’ heads — lit­er­ally.

The single mother of two is a 2017 part­ner fam­ily with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and is help­ing to build a home for the three of them in Rus­tico.

“It’s kind of a sur­real feel­ing,” said Lowe in a re­cent in­ter­view

with The Guardian. “I per­son­ally would not have been able to

get a home with­out (Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity), so for me it’s been the best and a dream come true to be able to get my own home.”

Lowe and her boys, Cory Ma­cLean, 5, and Cameron Lowe, 9, are cur­rently liv­ing in the base­ment rec room of her 80-yearold father’s home.

“It’s chal­leng­ing,” con­cedes Lowe. “It’s not ideal, but it’s a roof over our head.”

Cameron says he can’t wait to have his very own room.

“In our house now, at my poppies, we have a lot of stuff and we are sleep­ing down­stairs and that is where most of the stuff is.”

The jour­ney into a three-bed­room home for the Lowe fam­ily had its chal­lenges.

Lowe was un­suc­cess­ful the first time she ap­plied to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity af­ter she was told that she didn’t meet the cri­te­ria be­cause of her in­come and was en­cour­aged to ask for a raise and/or more hours.

So Lowe did both.

Lowe was then ap­proved to be­come the 60th build on P.E.I. by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

“It’s kind of nice that they give you that ex­tra push to make you go for bet­ter things,” said Lowe. “They pushed me to be­come a fam­ily. They pushed me to get those ex­tra goals that I needed to be el­i­gi­ble for it.”

Becky Mullen, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor with Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity P.E.I., said

Lowe dis­played all the nec­es­sary cri­te­ria to be part of a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity build need, will­ing­ness to part­ner and abil­ity to pay.

“She talks all about what we do. She tells peo­ple about it and she helps to break down some of those myths about who our fam­i­lies are and how the whole pro­gram works.”

Mullen said de­scribes Lowe as “up­beat”, “op­ti­mistic” and a “very hard worker” since she has tire­lessly helped other fam­i­lies build their own homes.

“She has just been so avail­able to help peo­ple out and she is just an ab­so­lute model Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity part­ner fam­ily. You couldn’t ask for a bet­ter am­bas­sador and role model for our fam­i­lies. She is ex­actly the type of per­son we love to part­ner with.”

Lowe said the whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been tir­ing and ex­haust­ing but feels it is well worth it.

“At the end of the day, you know you are get­ting a house,” said Lowe, adding the an­tic­i­pated move-in-date is be­tween Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

“It’s such a grat­i­fy­ing feel­ing to know that you built some­thing with your own two hands.”

She also feels this process has taught her boys a valu­able life les­son.

“If you re­ally want some­thing, you have to put the ef­fort for­ward and you have to work re­ally hard to get that,” said Lowe. “By them see­ing that I’ve pushed my­self, and I keep push­ing my­self to go through this process, I think it’s a great thing for them to see.”

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