This is why we fight: Amanda
Amanda wanted what all mothers want for their children – a safe place to call home. She and her three young children were living in a small public housing apartment in East Nashville where they dealt with break-ins, shootings and dangerous drivers in the neighborhood. “I never felt safe with my kids playing or riding their bikes in the driveway because of how many cars would come speeding by all day long. There also wasn’t a park nearby where they could safely play.”
Four years ago, Amanda decided she wanted to turn things around. She needed a home where she and her family could feel secure, but she needed help to make that dream a reality. She began working with United Way partner agency Christian Community Services (CCSI) with the hope of saving enough money to buy a house. What she got in the end was much more than she could have imagined.
Amanda worked with CCSI to complete a nine-month course where she learned how to save and budget her money. She also became eligible for the organization’s match program which matches clients’ savings accounts 2 to 1 to help people become more financially stable.
With her financial counseling complete and a newly replenished savings account, it was time to find a house. Amanda applied for a Habitat for Humanity build and before she knew it, HGTV’s “The Property Brothers” had teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and CCSI to help build Amanda and her three children a beautiful new home in Nashville.
Thanks to the work of United Way’s partner agencies, Amanda now has a safe place to raise her children and is more financially sound. She is the first person in her family to have ever owned a home.
This is why we fight.