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Jennifer and family

My name is Jennifer and I have been a mother since I was 16 1/2 yrs. old. I have 5 amazing children. Three girls and twin boys. Alixzandra is 21, Miriaha is 18, Jonathan & Giovanni are 10 and Gabriayla is 8. I am employed the the State of Ct. in the dept. of Developmental Services. I have been employed by them for, four years.

I was born and raised in Massachusetts and moved to New London in 1999 and have lived here ever since. My children attend N.L schools and my three younger children attend an awesome after school program, where they perform in plays and participate in sports programs and girl scouts. Alix is set to graduate from college in spring of 11' and Miriaha will be graduating from H.S as well.

I heard about Habitat for humanity thru an article in the New London Day. I went to a Saturday meeting in Groton. I listened and took an application, filled it out and passed it in by the deadline. Then I started to pray. I received a letter stating Habitat wanted to look further into my family’s situation. I cried, and filled out an even bigger application and gathered all the needed documents. Once all my T's were crossed and my I's were dotted, I felt that on paper my family would never qualify. So I prayed a lot and passed it in anyways. Every time Habitat popped onto my head I prayed that God would bless my family with this wonderful gift, and he did.

Realizing for the first time in my life my children and I would have a place of our own. That meant enough space for everyone. No overcrowding, no mold, plumbing and electrical problems no rodents and screens in our windows so air can flow through the house. And most of all no longer having to deal with a landlord or giving them 75% of my income while living in substandard housing. Not to mention the possibility of having our own basketball hoop in the backyard.

I cried and cried and cried. Finally a place to really call home. My friends and family are very excited to embark on this new journey in our lives and look forward to all the things we will learn to maintain our home. The O'Neil-Lopez family home. Many thanks to God and Habitat for Humanity for this wonderful opportunity to better our lives and others.


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Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut

377 Broad Street
New London Connecticut, 06320
Telephone: 860-442-7890
Fax: 860-701-1334