Nikki, as she is known to her friends, has known about Habitat for a long time. Her cousin has already paid off her Habitat mortgage, but Nikki was hesitant to apply because she “was concerned to owe someone a lot of money.” After years of living in a home where she felt threatened if she made a request for a broken appliance to be fixed, and her daughter having difficulties with the mold growing on the walls, she felt she had to do whatever was necessary to get her own place.
Nikki is a CNA and personal care assistant in the homecare industry. She likes having her own clients who she gets to see on a regular basis.
Nikki’s daughters Elisia, Sonia and Isabella are looking forward to having their own rooms and being able to decorate them with paint and posters. Elisia will soon be a graduate of both high school and Santa Fe Colleges’ EMT program and is applying for Fire College. Her sister, Sonia is also interested in public service and hopes to dual enroll with high school and the police academy.
Nikki says they are ready for a new start in a home where they can play board games and have movie nights, or invite friends and family to come stay at without having to ask for prior approval. She is grateful to Habitat for getting the “chance to have something of your own.”
Hammock Oaks is a quiet neighborhood that backs up to Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve, south of Hawthorne Road. Nikki's house is the 7th home Alachua Habitat has built in the neighborhood. Her neighbors will be other Habitat familes.
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