July 28, 2016
In addition to our 30th anniversary, Pittsburgh Habitat is also celebrating its 88th homeowner. We will soon dedicate our most recent rehab to our newest homeowner, Autumn Coleman. A first-time homeowner, Autumn says “Habitat is a blessing for helping us.” Autumn is a single mother who works as a truck driver for a local retail store. She and her four daughters – ages one, five, seven and eight—are currently living in an overcrowded 2-bedroom apartment in a public housing project. Two of Autumn’s daughters are disabled and her two eldest daughters have been subject to bullying at school. Though Autumn has kept their apartment in good shape, the neighborhood they currently live in is plagued with violence. One of her daughters was outside during a shooting that occurred and narrowly missed being injured. Autumn’s personal property, including her vehicle, has been subject to vandalism. Because of this violence in the area, Autumn keeps her children indoors most of the time, out of concern for their safety. Autumn says, “I am grateful for my family to have a better place to live, and a safer place to live.”
Help us to finish Autumn’s East McKeesport, 4-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom house by the August 29th dedication ceremony by finding volunteer opportunities here. Soon, with your help, Autumn’s hard work will pay off, and her children will soon have a yard and home where they can safely play and grow.