Habitat for Humanity of Madison & Clark Counties is excited to join hands with Ron and Marsha Cochran, alongside their son, daughter and grandson Chase, to build the 100th Habitat Home of the affiliate! Recently, we sat down to chat with them about their experience with Habitat for Humanity, their excitement for their new home and much more.
How did you learn about Habitat for Humanity?
We learned about Habitat for Humanity from Avril Cane, who was a previous Habitat Homeowner in Berea, Kentucky. A few weeks later, we decided to apply for the program.
How were your previous living conditions?
Our previous home was a mobile home; however, we sold it due to the unsafe and noisy environment in which it was located. Our current home has unsanitary conditions, such as mold and leaking water. These issues continually affect us. For example: Marsha’s new pair of suede shoes developed signs of mold.
What will be different about your life after you become a Habitat homeowner?
Our life will be different as we will not have to ask permission to make any changes to the property. Previously as a renter, we could not alter a thing without first getting approval. A home of our own means we can decide what changes need to occur and at what time they should be completed. We’ll be able to make any adjustments that we wish, such as painting a wall green, planting a garden or hanging up new curtains. It will also be different having a big lot to enjoy where we can play, sit on the front porch, and enjoy the flowers.
What difference will it make in your relationship with your children and grandchild?
Chase, our grandchild, will enjoy having a big back yard as well as a swimming pool.
What made you decide to apply to be a Habitat partner family?
We applied to be a Habitat partner family because we enjoyed the building layout, and we preferred the affordable housing. As a partner family, we worked to lay the tile in the Casa Fiesta, located on Eastern Bypass.
What would you say to others considering applying to be a Habitat homeowner?
If you are interested in an affordable, energy efficient, and sturdily built home of you own, you should absolutely apply to be a Habitat Homeowner.
How did you feel when you learned you were getting a home?
When we learned that we were getting a new home, we felt like a child with a new toy! So happy, and so excited!
Did anything surprise you about Habitat for Humanity?
There were a few aspects of Habitat for Humanity that surprised us. First, we were impressed on the building structure of the homes. Second, we were surprised on the affordability (30 % of income) of the house!
What feelings may you have on being the family of HfHMCC’s 100th Home?
On being the family of HfHMCC’s 100th home, we feel great!
Anything you’d like to say to potential Habitat supporters?
To potential Habitat supports, we would like to say that everyone at Habitat is great to work with and always helpful.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Madison & Clark Counties, and things we do for the community, click here.