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Joseph

Joseph came to Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus looking for a home to call his own where he would be able to settle down and start a family. Joseph was a fork lift driver and was laid off during the recession. He was determined to become qualified for a job that would remain in high demand so that he would not be at risk to be laid off again. He went to school full time and obtained an Associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.Joseph came to Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus looking for a home to call his own where he would be able to settle down and start a family. Joseph was a fork lift driver and was laid off during the recession. He was determined to become qualified for a job that would remain in high demand so that he would not be at risk to be laid off again. He went to school full time and obtained an Associate’s degree in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning.

His life took a turn for the worst when he was incarcerated for driving while intoxicated for almost two years. But Joseph decided to learn from his mistakes and make the most of a difficult situation. While incarcerated, he obtained certifications in electrical, plumbing, brick masonry and carpentry. He read an article about Habitat for Humanity but never thought that he would qualify. Once he was released, he obtained employment and met someone who was currently a Habitat Cabarrus Partner Family and was told more details of the program. He then met a Habitat Cabarrus board member that encouraged him to apply. 

Joseph says that he has loved working on the construction site because he has learned so much and it has been a joy to watch others who are in the program reach their goals. He also enjoys all of the support he has received from Habitat Cabarrus volunteers and staff. Now that he will have stable and affordable housing, he can focus on his ultimate goals of one day owning a home maintenance and repairs company and starting a family.