Mark Moore became a parent to his five nieces and nephews at the age of 20. “Gaining custody of my kids turned me into a man quickly. I could no longer think of just myself, I had others I had to think about and kids who looked up to me.”
Mark dropped out of college to take care of his children and supports his family as a bus driver for the Pinellas County School District. “I quickly found out what the saying ‘kids are expensive’ meant.”
All of the children have their own personalities and interests, and they are looking forward to having a space to call their own. Rah’Nasia enjoys cheer and dance, Rihanna is interested in computer technology, and the boys all love football.
The Moore family has moved many times over the past few years because they are a big family and even small apartments are too expensive. “We have to have multiple beds in one room, it’s not comfortable at all.”
When Mark found out he was accepted into the Habitat Pinellas program he was very excited. “I was speechless! When I did the application I never thought I would’ve been accepted into the program.”
Moore has enjoyed his time earning sweat equity, “I like going to the build sites, you get to do a lot of hands on work and learn a lot of things. This program has opened doors for me to meet some amazing people.”
“I am building because my family deserves this, we have been through so much together. I’m ready for this new journey!”
The Moore Family is our 2019 Men's Build family. Each year, from fundraising through construction, this group helps make the dream of homeownership come true for a Pinellas County single father. Click here to learn more.