Anjulique credits her co-workers at Tacachale Developmental Disability Center for introducing her to the Alachua Habitat homeownership program. Her co-workers are now living in their own homes, which is a goal Anjulique has set for herself. As a vocational instructor at Tacachale, she helps others learn new skills, much like Alachua Habitat is giving her the opportunity to develop new skills through workshops and building others’ homes on her journey towards independence and homeownership.
Anjulique is looking forward to feeling more secure in her own home. In addition to providing her children Talayah and Tevin with more stability, Anjulique says she will be glad when there won’t be “other people’s noise and music coming through the walls.”
Talayah is a student at Stephan Foster Elementary where her favorite subject is math. She can’t wait to have a room big enough for her new dollhouse and a yard that she hopes will one day hold a trampoline.
Anjulique grew up in Starke and now lives in Waldo, where she says the cost of renting an apartment is lower than in Gainesville. Moving to Gainesville will greatly reduce her weekday drive time from Waldo to Starke, where she drops off Tevin for childcare, to Stephan Foster to drop off Talayah, and then to Tacachale for work. “Tevin’s grandparents will be about 5 minutes from my house and they will watch him while I’m at work, making my Monday through Friday a lot less hectic.” This, she adds, will give her more time with her children.
Anjulique's house is the 9th house built in partnership with Santa Fe College's Charles R. Perry Construction Institute.
Hammock Oaks is a small neighborhood in southeast Gainesville nestled next to the County's Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve. The Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County donated 11 lots in the Hammock Oak neighborhood to Alachua Habitat for Humanity, and Ranika's house is one of three that we will start building in early 2019. Three Habitat homeowners have already moved into their new homes in the summer of 2018, and we plan to build on the remaining 5 lots in phases, creating a close-knit community where neighbors build relationships while building their houses.
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