BENEFITING: Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County
EVENT DATE: Oct 03, 2016
In October 2015, Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County helped a family in need during our House that Rock built campaign.
Jacqueline Simmons, a widow and her now 19 year old son, Donald, lived with Jacqueline’s mother and father for a number of years. Sadly, Jacqueline’s father passed away and to keep up with the mortgage on their home, the house was signed over to a family acquaintance to help offset the family's income. Jacqueline’s mother then passed away and the acquaintance, who had fallen on some hard times herself, had to file for bankruptcy. Leaving the family's home to be foreclosed on.
After the foreclosure, Jacqueline and Donald moved into a one bedroom apartment in Freehold where Jacqueline sleeps on the sofa in the living room and Donald occupies the one bedroom. Donald recently graduated from high school and now, due to events in his life, is in therapy.
Jacqueline can now look forward to hers and Donald's future. Thanks to the help that was given to them by Habitat in Monmouth County, they will soon have a home of their very own. one where they will have their own bedrooms, a backyard and a sense of security.
"We survived our trial, eventually becoming stronger than yesterday with the help of Habitat, the sponsors and supporters. This house will be my humble abode, my safe space to land when the world is chaotic. I can finally be myself in the house.” ~Donald Simmons
This year, the House that Rock Built will again assist a deserving family in the building of an affordable house and future home. To do so, Habitat needs your support.
“To see people of all backgrounds come together, selflessly, who gave their time, in all types of weather, build a house; our house, as if it were their own. It lets us know the human spirit, filled with love and humanity, still exists.” ~Jacqueline Simmons