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Markeisha and her son have gotten used to small quarters. Their current living situation is overcrowded in a substandard home. They reside in her grandmother’s home and share a very small bedroom and a small bed. There is only one bathroom shared between all five people that live in the home. Markeisha and her son do not have enough room for their personal items nor do they have much privacy. Although she is grateful to her grandparents for allowing her and her son to live there and being such a huge support system for them, their home is older and has some electrical problems.

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Tameko and Leroy

Leroy and Tameko Washington have experienced many hardships while on their journey to Homeownership. They have experienced homelessness first hand and through the help of Habitat Cabarrus, their hard work and commitment, they will soon own their very own home. When asked what they are looking forward to the most about homeownership, they became emotional and stated stability. “We’ve been through the struggle, now it’s time to enjoy.”

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2019-2020 FY

Melissa - Dedication Date: February 25, 2020

Many of us are only a few missed pay periods away from having no place to lay our heads down at night. Melissa knows that feeling all too well. After experiencing domestic violence in her relationship, she left and moved into Cabarrus Victims Assistance Network (CVAN) with her son while he was an infant. She vowed then that her family would never be homeless again. This situation pushed Melissa to work hard and strive for success. Melissa currently lives in subsidized housing through the Section 8 program.

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Shermesha - Dedication Date: December 11, 2019

Shermesha has always made sacrifices and has worked very hard to provide for her family. She has three children, Maleik(22), Kenijhae(15) and Ke’niah(11). Shermesha has been living on her own since the age of 17, when she got her first apartment. She was a teen mother who was pregnant during her senior year in high school. When she was seven months pregnant, her children’s father was arrested due to violating his probation. Due to this, he was not able to support her or be around until her oldest child was one year old.

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2018-2019 FY

Sharnise - Dedication Date: December 18, 2018

Sharnise aka “Lil Bit,” as our Site Supervisor calls her, may be small but she packs much power. Her determination to be able to provide a better life for her children is what led her to Habitat Cabarrus. She currently rents a two bedroom house in Kannapolis. She is concerned about the many issues with the house. There is lead paint on the interior and exterior of the house which can significantly impact the health of her and her children.

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Zula - Dedication Date: November 13, 2018

Zula currently lives in a small rental home that has little insulation, which makes it hard to heat in the winter and hard to cool in summer. Due to this, Zula is paying over $400 per month on average for utilities. The bathroom has mold and the home is constantly invaded by ants. The trees surrounding the house are in need of care and look dangerous to Zula. She has worked for two years to become financially qualified for the homeownership program. Her cost of rent and utilities add up to roughly 60% of her income.

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Jackie - Dedication Date: June 18, 2019

Jackie has overcome many obstacles in her life and has a story to tell. There was a time in her life when she worked full time, was a full-time student all while raising her four children on her own. Over the years she and her children experienced homelessness more than once. Jackie has always wanted her own home and attempted to do so through several programs. Her finances were a barrier for her each time, but she never gave up hope that one day her dream would become a reality.

2017-2018 FY

Carla and Melvin - Dedication Date: June 12, 2018

At any time, any one of us could be in a position where we are left homeless. Carla and Melvin both have a heart of gold that they bless others with daily and are so happy to be able to receive their blessing of a home to call their own through the Habitat Cabarrus Homeownership program.

Paditra - Dedication Date: May 22, 2018

paditraPaditra’s journey began in Wilkesboro, NC. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother of three children but began to experience turmoil in her home due to domestic violence caused by her husband. He even began to mistreat the children. At that moment in her life, she decided to take her children, drive to Salisbury and move into a battered women’s shelter where her and her children would be safe.

Latasha - Dedication Date: April 14, 2018

Jackie The 2017 CommUNITY Build new home will be for Latasha, her 14-year- old daughter and her son’s two-year-old daughter. Latasha currently lives in Concord and is looking for a change of scenery and a fresh start from her current situation.

Jenni - Dedication Date: December 12, 2017

Jenni Jenni was broken. Broken in spirit and body from her abusive marriage. In the summer of 2012 she gathered her courage and her son and walked out into – nothing. Homelessness with a young child was still better than staying in a house filled with fear, violence, and pain.

Joseph - Dedication Date: December 4, 2017

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.

Denisha - Dedication Date: July 11, 2017


Denisha is used to looking ahead of her current position. She constantly scans her surroundings and adjusts her direction and speed to navigate the safest course. Denisha transports precious cargo to and from Cabarrus County schools in her bright yellow bus each weekday. She takes the safety of all “her” children very seriously.

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2016-2017 FY

Jackie - Dedication Date: May 23, 2017

Jackie Many of us think we are good stewards of our resources and Jacqueline was no different. She thought she was budgeting wisely. She thought she was stretching her dollars to their best effect. But she never had enough dollars.

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Odessa - Dedication Date: April 4, 2017

Odessa One day Odessa Segers had a life, a plan, and a husband. The next day she was a widow without an income or a Plan B. Most people are working hard on Plan A. But what if Plan A goes south – what then?

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Askena - Dedication Date: February 27, 2017

Askena is quiet. Though she is a woman of few words one should never underestimate her, because Askena is a Doer.

Askena has a lot of extended family in Cabarrus County. In fact, in 2014 when she applied with Habitat Cabarrus Askena lived with family. She shared an overcrowded 3-bedroom house with eight other people. Askena, her daughter, and her sister shared a single bedroom.

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Lucy (Elevation Church Tiny House 2) - Dedication Date: December 13, 2016


Do you remember where you were 8/29/05? Lucy does – vividly. She lived in New Orleans and that’s the date hurricane Katrina hit her city and demolished her home. Lucy had extended family in Cabarrus County and that’s how she ended up in Concord, fleeing only with the possessions she could carry in two suitcases. Lucy moved into a house that had been divided into multiple apartments in Concord. She was happy to find a 350 foot space she could afford.

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Maria (Thrivent Build House) - Dedication Date: November 13, 2016

Ivan and Maria Ms. Hernandez had done everything right. Married – check. Two kids – check. But an abusive relationship undid all of Maria’s hard work. So she and Ivan and Ivonne (her children) started from scratch in a low-end neighborhood in Orange County, CA. Ms. Hernandez continued to do everything right but she never felt safe. So she and her children packed up and moved to Cabarrus County, NC with no family or friends to provide back-up.

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Candis (Collegiate Challenge House) Dedication Date: September 13, 2016


Candis has been an exceptionally determined future homeowner. She entered the program initially in 2014. An unexpected change in her employment removed her from the program for over a year. But Candis believed in the Habitat program and craved the stability home ownership brings. After much perseverance she re-entered the program in 2015.

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Julie (Women Build House) - Dedication Date: July 25, 2016


Life has a way of changing. Julie was pretty satisfied with her life. She had successfully raised her children and was living in an affordable two-bedroom apartment. Then life happened and Julie suddenly found herself raising her five (5) granddaughters. Suddenly that two-bedroom apartment was not so comfortable with six people in it.

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Coni (City of Concord/Wells Fargo House) - Dedication Date: June 28, 2016


Coni is a hard-working single mother of three. She, her son, and two daughters share a two (2) bedroom apartment. It’s a good thing this family it tight-knit because two bedrooms don’t provide a great amount of privacy. But tight quarters are only part of the reason Coni began the Habitat homeownership program.

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Kristina (Builders' Blitz House) - Dedication Date: June 14, 2016


Kristina and her three children live in a small two-bedroom house. The baby shares Kristina’s room and the two other children share a bed in the second room. The quarters are tight for three growing children and their mom. And if space were the only issue, Kristina might never have sought out the homeownership program through Habitat Cabarrus. But for her family, like many low income families, size is only the beginning of the conversation.

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A History of Our Homeowners

HomeownerBuild Name/Home SponsorsYear
Sonya Building on Faith/City of Concord House 2015
Heather City of Concord House 2015
Barbara City of Kannapolis/Collegiate Challenge Tiny House 2015
Demekia North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) House 2015
Sandra City of Kannapolis Rehab House 2015
Evelyn Thrivent Build/City of Concord House 2014
Erica Wells Fargo/City of Concord House 2014
Jazman Eagles Nest/City of Concord House 2014
Jennifer City of Kannapolis/Collegiate Challenge House 2014
Dwayne & Erica Wells Fargo/City of Concord House 2013
Terrance Building on Faith/City of Concord House 2013
Carissa Kannapolis City Schools House 2013
Charles & Melvina Collegiate Challenge House 2013
Dwanice Hospitality House 2012
Delicia Builders Blitz/Niblock Homes/Wells Fargo House 2012
Marcial & Nancy Collegiate Challenge House 2012
Lorrie Building on Faith House 2012
Dyana 20th Anniversary Women Build 2011
Ruth Collegiate Challenge House 2011
Byron Wachovia House 2011
Mary Mariam and Robert Hayes Charitable Trust House 2011


Homeowners in Our Recycled Homes

HomeownerBuild NameYear 
Thomas Habitat Cabarrus Rehab 2012
Felicia Habitat Cabarrus Rehab 2012
Francisco Habitat Cabarrus Rehab 2011
Shantel Habitat Cabarrus Rehab 2011