Ivy and her two children currently live in Richmond and she has been a dietary specialist at an assisted living community in Mechanicsville for the last five years. Her adult son Kenneth enjoys playing basketball and is working full time. Her daughter Keymani is a member of the Center for the Arts program at her high school and plans to become a photographer.

Ivy is worried about the violence in her current neighborhood. While her daughter was home alone there was a deadly shooting that occurred in front of their apartment leaving bullet holes in her walls and in the side of her car. After hearing about the Habitat for Humanity homeownership program on social media, Ivy attended an information session and submitted her application. To prepare for her mortgage she had to learn about money management and credit scores.

The family desires a stable home for their future and Ivy believes that this opportunity will provide her and her children with that stability. Ivy said she is most looking forward to feeling safe enough to walk outside. Dewey Street will bring them a sense of peace and comfort. Ivy believes that “God works! Worry about nothing, pray about everything.” She wants others to know that they can achieve their goal even when they think it’s impossible.

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