Bob, Suzie and their son, Josh, 19, are building their new home on 15th Street as part of St. Andrews-Covenant 4 on 15 initiative.
Suzie learned about Habitat’s homeownership opportunities as a volunteer at the Ogden ReStore. Her family is cost-burdened in their current apartment and her degenerative eye condition meant that the family would one day need to make changes in their housing to accommodate her diminished vision. Josh has health problems, as well, and it is important to the couple that he always have a home of his own. The affordable mortgage available through Cape Fear Habitat makes this possible.
Bob and Suzie are excited to be living so close to the neighborhood Community Center. They plan to volunteer their services by helping to prepare meals at the Center and look forward to enrolling in activities – perhaps even learn to play pickleball! Josh is happy to bring his two adored orange and white cats with him, Henry Pumpkin Spice and Huey Huckleberry, a sick kitten he nursed back to health.
Suzie has dreamed of having her own yard where she’ll plant jasmine, phlox, roses and marigolds, and have a place to read and reflect. Bob, who is a veteran, knows that holidays are a difficult time for those who are often far from home. He plans to invite local service men and women to their new home to celebrate Thanksgiving. The family also looks forward to future visits with their daughter Jillian, who recently graduated from college and will be teaching in Myanmar.
Bob, a chef, and Suzie, an artist, have been married for 24 years. They believe in choosing to be kind to others and are inspired by the dedication of Habitat volunteers, particularly the Dream Team who work so hard to help families – like their family- achieve homeownership.