Krystal & Nyla

Krystal was born and raised in Hanover County. She and her siblings attended Patrick Henry High School. Her mother was raised in the town of Ashland where her grandmother still resides. Krystal and her 10-year-old daughter Nyla are currently sharing a room at her father’s house while she is saving money for her own home.

Nyla is a loving and selfless child. She is currently a gymnast at All American and wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up. She attended the Christian Child Development Center at First Baptist Church where her aunt is the assistant director. She will be starting middle school next year! They currently belong to Mt Olivet Baptist Church in Louisa and Nyla was recently baptized at First Independence Methodist Church of Richmond. They enjoy worshiping at different churches with family and friends.

Krystal said that being a single mom has been hard. It was a struggle for her to afford childcare while working full-time and attending classes at night. She felt guilty because she barely saw her daughter. Now she has her associate’s degree in health science and is working as a medical assistant!

Krystal understands that God may not come when you want Him, but He is always on time. She feels that God led her to Habitat for Humanity. She said this experience has felt surreal but wants others to know that it is not the easy way out. She said that the homeownership program is a great way to learn and connect with the community. Having affordable housing is important to Krystal because she needs financial stability to ensure she can provide more opportunities for her daughter. They are looking forward to having privacy and space where they can grow a garden.

This home will provide the independence and security Krystal desires.