ROANOKE, Va. – On Wednesday, 10 News will raise the walls on a home we're building in Roanoke, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in the Roanoke Valley and generous community sponsors. Teyauna Hayes, a 25-year-old Roanoke native, is excited to move into the home this summer when construction is complete.
"Us just being able to say, 'This is our home, this is something I worked for and put my time into and made sure it was ours,' and I'm happy about that," Hayes said.
Hayes said a desire to provide more for her two children motivated her to reach out to Habitat about becoming a homeowner.
"I feel like that was the reason I reached out to Habitat, because I wanted somewhere safe and clean and nice for me and my children to live."
Hayes said she was overjoyed when she found out Habitat approved her for a new house.
"I just wanted to scream, just scream, scream, scream," Hayes said with a laugh and big smile on her face.
Habitat looks at three things before it approves families for its homes: need, ability to pay and willingness to partner.
"If you're going to come with Habitat, you have to help build houses, other people's houses and then your own house, " said Jean Darby, Habitat's family services director. "You have to come to classes."