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House #56 Wall Raising

House #56

LaShunna BurragePlease help us give a very warm welcome to U.S. Air Force Veteran, LaShunna Burrage and four children as our new partner family recipient of Houston County Habitat for Humanity's first Veterans Build home of 2018!

Ms. Burrage is a disabled veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004 to 2007. She is a single parent of four children ranging 9 to 16 years of age.

The family has experienced a series of hardships over recent years. They lost everything, including a family pet, in a house fire. Homeless and nowhere to turn, LaShunna accepted the next available dwelling. She is grateful for a roof over their heads, but they're living in very cramped conditions for a family of five in a home with structural issues, mold and electrical problems.

Her neighborhood is not safe enough for her children to play outside because of high crime and frequent gunshots near the home.

Damaged Burrage Home

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Your financial gift will go a long way in helping the Burrage family get the help needed to purchase building materials for this special Veterans Build project. LaShunna and family will put in hundreds of "sweat-equity" hours as they help build their home. She will then purchase the home and pay an affordable no-interest mortgage.

In HoCo Habitat tradition, the Burrage family has chosen to christen their home with the name "Tranquility". They have selected the Philippians 4:13 scripture "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." as their inspiration for the new home.

We are proud to partner with LaShunna who has sacrificed and given freely for our country. The self-empowerment created by this opportunity helps homeowner families eliminate barriers to a better,healthier, more financially stable life. Houston County Habitat for Humanity views our work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change. We hope you join us for the wall-raising ceremony scheduled for 10:00am on Saturday, February 17th in the Wellston Villas community at 126 Old Mission Way in Warner Robins, GA.

For further information contact Houston County Habitat for Humanity at (478) 328-3388.

The Burrage Family

LaShunna Burrage's family story in her words:

My name is LaShunna Burrage. I am a disabled veteran. I served in the U.S. Air Force from 2004 to 2007. The last few years of my life have been tough, as it is for many. I've struggled with trying to work, keeping a roof over my family's head, balancing my health and home life. I have been homeless, unemployed, and disabled all at once. It's been a struggle. After having an almost empty Christmas with my children, I made a vow to myself. I was determined to work past my full potential, put my greatest effort forward in building a strong bond with each of my babies, and set realistic life-changing goals towards a great future for us all. It hasn't been easy. Right when things started to take a turn for the better, we lost our home and our family pet in a fire. That period was very challenging because no matter what I did to ensure their safety and comfort, they still suffered. I made it my duty to put us in a new home before the first of the following month and I did. Even that came with a challenge.

There were conditions that should have been taken care of before the home was occupied. Some issues were addressed after I gave notice. Some issues demanded I put up a fight. Although my home is in better condition, there are still some problems within the structure. (Etc. Covered up mold, cracks in the structure, and issues keeping a balance in internal temperatures.) I have been with the same rental company for the past 2 1/2 years. My family lost everything in my first dwelling with them due to the fire. It wasn't easy to get things together, but I was determined for the sake of my children. The rental company was willing to offer me my current residence, as it was the best one available at the time.

Unfortunately, the rooms in it are small. It would be tight, but may be still manageable. There have been issues with the structure which, for the most part, have been addressed with management cooperation. What I don't like is the fact that I have had to take cover along with my babies because of gunshots going off in the area surrounding our residence (especially on the street behind us). I understand that no area can be guaranteed safety, but that happening often is not a good thing for any family as it adds to stress. There are individuals hanging on one end of our street constantly due to personal issues. I vowed to try and give us a better life despite my illnesses. A lot of the time this can take a toll on me. It's been a long road, but I will not give up and I am teaching my children to do the same, but as a family. Because, if we don't have anyone else, we will always have one another. I have made a lot of adjustments geared towards better, but it isn't perfect, but many changes have been made since April. And being offered a home opportunity from Habitat for Humanity is a reminder that I am on the right path with better days to come.

Best Wishes,
LaShunna Burrage and family

 

 
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