For the past nine years, Toccarra, mother of two sons, has worked for the Florida Tacachale, the largest community for Floridians with developmental disabilities. Her favorite part about working there is spending time and developing friendships with the residents.
“I’m with them for over 40 hours a week,” Holmes said. “They become your family.”
Her son Marquis attends elementary school and his favorite subject is P.E. He aspires to be a basketball player when he grows up. Her other son Marquez’s favorite movie is Toy Story and wants to follow in Buzz Lightyear’s footsteps.
“I want to be a spaceman when I grow up just like Buzz Light year,” Marquez said. “The walls in my room will be covered in Buzz Light Year.”
Marquis is a helper while Marquez is a jokester. Despite their differences that most siblings have, they’re both outspoken and know how to put a smile on anyone’s face.
“I’m ready to have a backyard where the boys can play safely,” Toccarra said.
Currently, Toccarra is living with her parents, where she shares a room with her two boys. She is looking forward to a peaceful space of her own and the great changes that come with a Habitat home. Spending quality time with her kids in a calm environment is what she is most excited about.
“I just want to get in there and relax.” Holmes said. “I want to be able to say, ‘we built it, we’re finished, we did it.’”
Construction on Toccarra's 3-bedroom Destin model house is scheduled to begin this fall.
Hammock Oaks is a small neighborhood in southeast Gainesville nestled next to the County's Cynthia Moore Chestnut Park and Clark Butler Nature Preserve. Alachua Habitat for Humanity has 11 lots in the Hammock Oak neighborhood and Toccorra's house is one of three that we will start building in the fall of 2017. We hope to build on the remaining 8 lots in phases, creating a close-knit community where neighbors build relationships while building their houses.
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