My name is Jennie. I have a 17-year old son, Anthony and a 12-year old daughter, Raissa. We have lived in Sun Prairie for 12 years. My son Anthony is a junior at the Sun Prairie High School. He loves basketball and football, and has played both sports since kindergarten. He is a great son and friend, who makes me proud each day!
My daughter Raissa is a 6th grader at Patrick Marsh Middle School. She enjoys music and spending time with her friends. She was awarded a 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding Person Award for her kindness to others and volunteer work in the community. As a family we enjoy watching movies together, traveling to historic places and going to Sun Prairie Cardinal Sporting events. Go Cardinals!
In addition to working full time, I also volunteer in my community. One organization that is close to my heart is the Sun Prairie Skateboard Park Committee. Right now we are fundraising to expand the skateboard park by offering beginner skateboard lessons through the Sun Prairie Parks and Recreation Department. I also am the Secretary of the Sun Prairie Youth and Families Commission. The Youth and Families Commission’s duty is to increase the community’s awareness of the positive contributions made to the community by youth and families and to help groups within the city to work on making Sun Prairie a better place for the city’s youth and families. I was introduced to Habitat for Humanity when a speaker came to talk to the Youth and Families Commission about the program. It was then I realized that I might meet the criteria as a potential homeowner.
We moved to Sun Prairie in 2002 from a very dangerous neighborhood in another city. The last straw for us was in April of 2002 when Raissa was one-month old. I was standing in my living room rocking her in front of the window when gunfire erupted about 20 feet from where I was standing. I screamed and jumped to the floor with her. Then my son, who was 5 at the time, ran to the living room to see why I screamed and I had to pull him to the floor also. I am very thankful that we were not playing outside in the yard that day.
The move to Sun Prairie changed our lives. I feel like this community saved our lives and we are grateful to soon be homeowners here. As my children grow up and create their own paths in life, Sun Prairie will always be their home. We are invested in this community and will continue to look for opportunities to help others.
We look forward to home ownership and I can’t wait to start a vegetable garden with my mom and work on building projects with my dad. Home ownership means we will always have a place to gather now and for future generations. Owning a home will also make my future dream of becoming a foster parent a reality. We are excited to start the process of building our home and creating lifelong bonds with everyone involved.
On behalf of my family and extended family, we thank from the bottom of our hearts, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, our sponsors Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and CUNA Mutual Group and the many volunteers who are making this dream come true. THANK YOU!