Jenitha Hodge – Clarence E. Harris Foundation – Completed
“Things aren’t just given to you. You’ve got to work hard for what you want in life.” Jenitha Hodge is a hard-working mother of two sons, Jayden and Jermiah. She aims to teach her sons that great things do not come easy. This is why she decided to dedicate this year to following her dream of becoming a homeowner. Her sister introduced her to Habitat for Humanity after going through the homeownership program and receiving her own home. Jenitha realized this journey to homeownership would not be easy – but very possible!
From the beginning of her partnership with Habitat, Jenitha has worked hard despite all that she has on her plate. “The hardest part about being in the [Habitat homeownership] program is trying to manage everything I have going on: being a single mom, working full time, and getting in all my [sweat equity] hours.” But her determination to give her children a more stable and steady home than what she had growing up has kept her going.
One of Jenitha’s favorite aspects about being in the program is all of the resources she attains. “I love learning and gaining knowledge in all of the Homeowner Education classes and on the construction site. I have learned so much in class, and I’m loving getting to be outdoors and working with my hands on the construction site,” she said. Going through the program has given her that push to acquire more knowledge and go back to school to get her GED! She wants to be a leader for her sons and hopes they will strive to be one, too. “No matter what age you are, you can achieve anything,” she adds enthusiastically.
Her two sons are her driving force. Everything she does, she does for their betterment. She is even looking toward the future to when she is able to pay off her house and pass it on to them. But for now, all Jayden and Jermiah can think about is their new yard big enough for a trampoline!
Funding for Jenitha Hodge’s Home provided by:
The Clarence E. Harris Foundation
Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee/ Tennessee Housing Development Agency
Additional funding, support, services or materials provided by:
Chattanooga Area Volunteers – Daughters of the American Revolution, Chief John Ross Chapter – DOW Chemicals – The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Chattanooga Chapter – The HART Gallery – Procter & Gamble – Square D – St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church – Two Men and a Truck – Valspar Paint – Whirlpool Corporation – Yale Locks