Tiffany Brooks (center-black top) soon to be the new owner of the first Habitat for Humanity build in the Prestons, pictured here along with sisters Marina (her immediate right) & Wanda Brook (far left) and friends Samteen Smith (immediate left) & Falon McNamara (far right). They joined her on Oct. 25/14 to help paint the interior of her new home. Also in the photo are Kerry Johnston (far right) and Rodger Smith (center rear) of the Black Business Initiative together with Charity Carr (in front of Kerry) of Habitat for Humanity.
Tiffany Brooks lives with her
two children in her parents’ home where
the five of them share three bedrooms.
She dreamed of a home of her own, a
safe place to raise Tahara, (13) and, now
also, Tiffany’s new addition, Tavian (1).
This December (2014) Tiffany and her
children will realize that dream, thanks
to Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia
(HFHNS) and the hundreds of volunteers
who have contributed their time and
effort to help with construction of her
new home. It sits on a hill on Upper
Governor Street in the community of
East Preston, the first ever Habitat home
to be built in the Prestons. Standing on
the upper floor, you can see a small slice
of the ocean on the distant horizon.
Housing Nova Scotia donated the land,
one of two lots given to HFHNS to assist
with their home ownership program
in East Preston. Land donations are
an essential part of the success of the
Tiffany has a certificate in early
childhood development and works
at the local daycare centre in East
Preston. She hopes to have the
opportunity to continue upgrading her
skills and engage in meaningful ways
to give back to the community where
she lives and works. She was selected
out of many applicants who come
through an arm’s length volunteer
selection committee that decides
which families qualify for a HFHNS
home. Partner families are selected
based on their level of need, their
ability to repay a no interest no down
payment mortgage, as well as their
willingness to partner with HFHNS by
fulfilling 500 hours of sweat equity for
the organization. All partner families
must have a stable income in order to
repay their mortgages.
HFHNS knows that children who grow
up in safe, decent and affordable
homes of their own will perform
better academically and have better
health outcomes. They are better
able to participate in their community
activities and after school programs.
Tiffany and her family’s home are
sponsored by the Source Canada.
Without the help of sponsor funding,
donor materials and volunteer labour,
the HFHNS program would not be able
to bring the dream of home ownership
to Nova Scotia families.
At Habitat for Humanity Nova Scotia,
we are dedicated to families like
Tiffany’s and hope for the best future
possible for all of our Nova Scotia