“This opportunity is bigger than just a home. This home gives us stability,Cherone
mentally and financially. I feel like this is a step towards normalcy.
Since my dad died, I haven’t had that. This is amazing and I’m just really grateful.”
The saying goes, home is where the heart is. And though that is true, a home should also be where mental and physical safety is felt, where growth happens, and where you return to over and over.
Cherone grew up in New Jersey, but after the passing of her mother at a young age, she wound up in a group home until she was 18. She married young and decided to join the U.S. Army. After leaving the military, her father helped put her through nursing school. Then her father fell ill and she lost stability and a feeling of normalcy.
Now, a single mom to five boys, Cherone, and her family live in Gwinnett County. They rent a three-bedroom home where the roof leaks, mold grows throughout, and there is a bug infestation in the kitchen. In the winter, the heat doesn’t always work. In the Summer, the air conditioning is unreliable, but it has provided an affordable place to live without uprooting her family once again.
By moving into a Gwinnett Habitat for Humanity home, they will have enough space, proper shelter, and the ability for Cherone to go back to school to become an RN to further her career.
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