Shaquanna & Demetri
Demetri remembers working on a Habitat house for a family friend years ago but it was a co-worker of Shaquanna
that told them about Alachua Habitat’s Homeowner’s Orientation last year that got them interested in applying for a
Habitat home. Their rented apartment has poor weatherization causing mold issues and subsequent health issues
for their children; “we make frequent trips to the hospital for asthma issues”.
Cooking is not only Demetri’s job at a local Sonny’s, but the oldest children Demetri Jr. and Demetria often have
“cook offs” for the family. Although it’s hard for them to both maneuver in the kitchen, Demetri says the worst part is
they cannot all sit together around one table for meals due to the size of their apartment.
Shaquanna works at UF and is looking forward to having a shorter commute to and from work and her church,
where she volunteers with the youth group with homework and group discussions. At present, she and Demetri
must restrict the kids time outside due to violence in the area. She is really looking forward to being able to tell the
kids to go outside and play, especially being their new home will be on a quiet cul-de-sac.
Shaquanna and Demetri both say they are enjoying the Habitat program, especially getting to know the other
Family Partners and everyone sharing their ideas for their new homes. But the rewards for the family: stability, a
safe neighborhood and having their own yard to start a garden, can’t be beat.
Their home is being built in collaboration with the School of Construction at Santa Fe College.
This quiet neighborhood borders the Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve south of Hawthorne Road. This house will be the 9th house in the neighborhood from Alachua Habitat for Humanity.
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