Yashica is a single mother of two daughters who works as a WIC Outreach Coordinator and Senior Clerk for the Florida Department of Health.

The Owens are a very close knit family. Yashica said, “My girls are my world and I am their role model. I am building because I want stability and our own home.”

Amaiya is smart and funny and Destiny loves everything pink. “Both girls like to sing and dance around the house. They are awesome and I am blessed to have them as my kids.”

Making time to complete her sweat equity hours was a challenge for Yashica who is also going to school full time in addition to her full time job. “It gets overwhelming sometimes, but in the end I know it will pay off because we will have our own home.” The Owens family is looking forward to the stability that homeownership offers, “I am relieved that we won’t have to move anymore. Also, I will have a permanent home that I can pass down to my daughters.”

The girls have always wanted to grow a garden and are excited they will finally be able to do so at their new home. Plus, Destiny can’t wait to paint her room pink.

When talking about the Habitat program Yashica said, “You have to be committed, willing and dedicated to doing the work. It’s not a piece of cake, but in the end it will be worth it. You have to work for your dreams.”