Damion and Tasha Allison
This May, it has been four years since the Allison family first moved into their Habitat for Humanity home, but parents Damion and Tasha Allison are able to recount their experience with Habitat like it was yesterday.
Before purchasing their Habitat home, the Allison family lived with their children Ariyana, Darion, and Makayla in a 2-bedroom/1-bath apartment in the Jervay community. As Damion describes it, “We were packed in there.”
When they decided to look for somewhere else to live, Tasha remembers, “We searched everywhere and we went out and looked, and didn’t have any luck.” That’s when they turned to Habitat.
The Allison family was chosen that year to be the beneficiaries of one of the collegiate “builds.” Tasha describes the whole process of the build as a “blessing.” Students from four universities spent their Spring Break working to build the Allison family home. With help from family and the students, the Allisons were able to complete their 4-bedroom Habitat home by spring.
The first night they received the keys to their new home, Damion reflects, “I was so excited to have my own home that we slept on the floor here… I didn’t want to go back to the apartment. We stopped and got the kids pizza, and then we just sat here and thanked God… We couldn’t believe that it was ours.”
Since moving into their home, Damion has been promoted to the head custodian at Eaton Elementary School. Tasha is enrolled in a culinary program and works in the cafeteria at Williston. They now also have two more children, 2-year-old Alexander and 3 year old Elijah.
Their children are also very happy with their new home. When asked about his favorite part of their house, 8-year-old Darion responds with “night time.” Compared to Jervay, the children have a much more quiet place to do their homework at night, more space, and their own back yard. The children can even walk to their school, Sunset Elementary. As Damion states, it was the “perfect timing, perfect location.”
Inside their home, the importance of family and faith that the Allisons embody becomes clear. Photos from their collegiate Habitat build and family pictures cover the walls. Damion says the relationships he formed through out the build have allowed him to stay in touch with some of the students through Facebook.
Most importantly though, Damion and Tasha are hopeful of the lasting impacts that home ownership will have on their family. As Damion describes the meaning of their home, he says, “The fact that it’s something that I can leave for my children. Not just physically leave to them, but just like Tasha and I can say our parents were homeowners, so we want to be homeowners as well. We know that we will be increasing the chance of our children being homeowners. I want the five of them to have something that’s theirs.”
Thanks to the Allison family for allowing us to tell their story.