Annual Appeal 2018

When Shania was 15 years old, her mother, Fabienne, put a stake in the ground. “No more! This ends with me!” No longer would she pass on the burden of poverty she inherited. Three years later, we can see how homeownership has worked to change both Fabienne and Shania’s lives. “The hand up that Habitat gave to my family and me is truly paving ways for us to do bigger and better things,” says Fabienne.

Shania planting flowers

Shania chimes in, as she speaks with us from school at the University of Central Florida where she’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science Pre-Clinical. “Habitat changed our lives – on a whole other level!” In describing the impact of Habitat’s work on her family, Shania says, “you gave us more than a place to call home; you helped us see that with hard work and dedication, the sky isn’t even the limit,” quoting something she would often hear her mother say.

The first one in her family to go to college, Shania is leading the way for her younger brother and sisters, and even serving as an inspiration to her own mother who has decided to go back to school.

“One day,” Shania concludes, “I will become a donor to Indian River Habitat so I never forget where I came from.”

What we do is so much more than just building houses. What we do impacts the life of a working family today and it impacts families, like Shania’s, for generations to come.

Please join me in making a generous gift today to Indian River Habitat. It is an investment into the lives of working families in
Indian River County.


Sheryl S. Vittitoe
President & CEO