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Mary and family

My name is Mary and I am the mother of 3 beautiful girls. I have been a single parent for 36 years. My first two daughters have families of their own and have blessed me with 5 grandchildren. My youngest daughter Cheyenne is 19 years old and attending Three Rivers Community College where she is studying psychology and exercise science. Cheyenne hopes to attend UNH in the future. I think that becoming a Habitat homeowner will open up many new possibilities for a brighter future for both myself and my daughter Cheyenne.

I first heard of Habitat for Humanity around three years ago when I saw an article in the Day newspaper. I applied but at that time had too much debt to     income ratio. With a little guidance and a lot of soul searching I declared bankruptcy. The want to own my own home never left. With my finances cleared up and on a better path, I decided to look to Habitat again. I truly believed that I would never be selected to be a future home owner because of what seemed like too many negative factors. My age… 54, My daughter’s age…19, And my bankruptcy… Happily, Habitat does not discriminate. They took the time to meet with me one on one to go over questions I had on my big application. And when the home visit came they took the time (2 hours) to listen to everything we had to say. Our current situation with a broken heating system, electrical problems, leaks, mold and break-ins left us desperate for a better way.

We would like to thank Habitat for Humanity for believing and trusting in us. Cheyenne and I can not wait to begin our journey. 

Forever grateful,

Mary Rich and Cheyenne Manchester


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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