[Blog by Sophia Williams, Development Associate, Special Events & Marketing]
Tracy Ross has always wanted to own a home, but with the high interest and down payments of a traditional mortgage, this seemed out of reach. On Wednesday, June 29 that dream will become a reality and Tracy will close on her Habitat home, 1240 Rambling Rd. in Ypsilanti. Tracy’s persistent personality has shown that with the right determination, anything is possible. She currently commutes by train from her home in Detroit to her job in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. Her dream of homeownership stemmed from when she was raising her three daughters in Detroit.
“We lived in several different situations… we were homeless at one point, lived in a vacant house. We had a lot of different challenges,” said Tracy.
She doesn’t have to worry about these stresses any longer. With the stability that homeownership brings, Tracy hopes to give her five grandchildren (and one on the way!) more opportunity to thrive. She plans to put a swing set in the backyard for them to play when come to visit their MeMaw (the name they call Tracy instead of grandma). Tracy wants to be an example to her daughters and grandchildren by showing them there are no limits to their future successes.
“They really are a big focus in my life, just based on the things I didn’t have or see growing up,” said Tracy.
Tracy’s drive comes from the desire to provide her family with more. Even though she is the only one that will be living in her Habitat home, she has still included them throughout the renovation process. Tracy’s mother suffers from dementia, and when choosing her kitchen counter tops Tracy chose red, her mother’s favorite color. She wanted her to be a part of the home, and was hoping to put a smile on her mother’s face. Every Habitat homeowner is a part of the renovation process, and is required to put in 250 hours of sweat equity. These hours of sweat equity will remind Tracy of the hard work she put in to become a homeowner, and will give her a strong sense of pride and connection to her home.
“I can walk past those kitchen counters and know I put them in. The sweat equity hours allowed me to put in my own man power and educated me on how to fix things myself,” said Tracy. “It is a very powerful feeling.”
Tracy expressed how thankful she is to be to moving into her Habitat home, “This is truly life changing… I am grateful to each and every person for their part in helping,” said Tracy.
Thank you to everyone who was a part of the renovation of Tracy’s soon-to-be home! A special thank you to the Knight Foundation for being the lead sponsor of this home, the 2016 Women Build, and all of the other Women Build partners. Without our supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and partners this wouldn’t be possible. THANK YOU!
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