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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.

Jackie had heard about Habitat for Humanity Cabarrus County and had an acquaintance who is a homeowner who went through the Habitat Cabarrus homeownership program who encouraged Jackie to apply. Jackie did apply but still had a little work to do before she could qualify for the program. Instead of giving up hope, she worked for two years to become financially eligible for the homeownership program.

Jackie now works part time as a substitute teacher to supplement her SSI income. She currently resides in Section 8 housing and is looking forward to owning a home of her own.

She has four adult children, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Two of her daughters reside in Kannapolis, NC, her other daughter resides in Chesapeake, VA and her son resides in Japan.

Jackie is looking forward to hosting family dinners and other functions at her home because she will soon have the space to accommodate her family. She says that she is looking forward to being more hospitable, not just to her family but to others as well.

Jackie is a kind and humble woman who finds joy in serving others, which she has done for most of her life. She’s worked many jobs in the community service and education field. She taught Kindergarten and 2nd grade at a private school and has substituted for elementary, middle and high schools. She’s worked in the healthcare field for about twenty years as a practical nurse in the hospital as well. She is active in our community and enjoys encouraging, supporting and helping others. In her spare time, she writes and plans to begin publishing some of her work in the very near future.

In her own words, Jackie shared that she is grateful for the opportunity for homeownership through Habitat Cabarrus. The financial literacy classes at Habitat Cabarrus have had a major impact on her life. “Financial Peace University has been a blessing to me; learning how to really handle money,” she said. She also conveyed having much joy being able to see so many volunteers come together for a common cause and to experience the love, care and giving that is demonstrated through Habitat Cabarrus. “To watch the process from the foundation being put in, up until the dedication has been a mind boggling experience,” said Ms. Togun.