Carol Wilfong shared her story at our 13th Annual Hearts and Hammers Gala.
As a child in Morristown, I remember sleeping on a cot in a gymnasium and living in church shelters with my mother and three siblings. We never really had a home.
And when I was a young single mom, with two very young kids, we were homeless for eleven months. My kids don’t remember much about that time, but I do. I remember the three of us cramming into one room at the shelter. And I remember feeling depressed and overwhelmed.
After that, I made a vow to myself and my children that I would make a change. I vowed to end my family’s cycle of homelessness. And now, with your support, I have.
I am the first member of my family to make this dream of owning a home come true.
Our new house on Martin Luther King Avenue in Morristown is bright, beautiful and safe. But its most important feature can’t be seen from the street. My home is affordable. My mortgage payment is about $300 less than what I once paid in rent. Finally, I will not have to juggle two jobs to provide for my family.
On my path to becoming a homeowner, I’ve learned how to install a light switch and fix a leaky faucet. But I also learned how to make and stick to a budget. And I’m doing it!
I now have a financial cushion. I no longer live paycheck to paycheck, worrying and chasing bills. Our home provides financial independence and ends the uncertainty and fear that I will not be able to provide for my family.
And financial security will also do something else – something bigger. My affordable home will allow me to help my children with their education. My daughter Ayannah is attending County College of Morris, studying criminal justice. My son Gary will graduate from Morristown High School in June, and would like to become a veterinarian.
I am so proud of them, and I can’t tell you what it means to me to be able to help my children reach their dreams.
My kids and I worked hard for what we have, but we could not have done it without your partnership. My children will always have a home… and that is everything. Thank you!
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Carol’s family is just one of many families in Morris County struggling to make ends meet. This year, with your help, we will have twenty more homes under construction for families just like hers.
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