September 2nd, 2016
Jay and Angela Ramsey have 2 children; Lilly 8 and River 1. Jay enjoys creating various art pieces using several different mediums. Angela reads for pleasure. Lilly likes to read and draw and River likes to see if she can chew on things and make messes.
Angela is a full-time student and Jay works at Diversified Assessment and Therapeutic Services.
The Ramsey family currently live in a two bedroom second floor apartment. Beforehand, they have lived in two houses. The most recent house had no working heat, the hot water never warmed up, and had asbestos siding. Also, the windows would not open or close without a lot of effort, the wood stove poured smoke when in use, the walls and floors had mold, and heaters were not enough to heat the house due to poor wiring. Along with the problems overall with the living conditions of the house itself, the location is unsafe with someone trying to steal their car in front of the house. The house before that was an old farmhouse that had the chimney falling in and a not working wooden stove.
In regards to the “sweat equity”, Angela has worked in the ReStore and Jay worked on the summer elms build site. They have also attended all their meetings.
In owning a habitat home, the Ramsey family will be able to have safe affordable housing that they are working towards owning. A habitat home for the Ramseys will provide a stable upraising for the children where they can have a place to call their home for an extended period of time in which the girls can go to the same school for years. They can settle down and grow as a family. They are grateful towards all the “so many caring people who are willing to help” with their home build. In their gratitude for the volunteers and donors, they said “we thank you more than words can say and truly appreciate the help and support.”
The Ramsey’s home is being built on lot #10 of the Summer Elms Development.