Johnquis and her children Syria (15), Johntae (14), and Ashanti (12) joined Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County as a partner family in July of 2014. In May of 2012 Johnquis moved from South Bend to Indianapolis with the goal of buying a home through her position as a manager at her then employer. However, she was involved in a bad accident in which her neck was broken, and she had to take a year off to recuperate. The accident had a huge impact on her finances; she had been with her employer for nine years but was unable to be rehired after the accident. Missing a year of work was stressful, but fortunately she was able to secure Section 8 housing. The silver lining was that she was able to spend more time with her children while she recovered.
Johnquis had to put her dream of being a homeowner on hold until her sister, who is also a Partner Family with HFHHC, told her about the program. Johnquis's family is excited to have successfully completed their Partner Family application. To Johnquis, becoming a homeowner means a feeling of independence. Johnquis has since started a new job and has a five year plan in which providing a safe, decent, and affordable home is central. She has said that owning her own home is as important as graduating college, and will bring her family a sense of establishment, permanence, and for herself, maturity. Her children are looking forward to being able to have a pet in their new home. Johnquis promised them that as soon as mommy had a house, they could get a small dog. She is looking forward to the family pet encouraging the children to be responsible and care for it. Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County is looking forward to building the Powell family’s home in 2015, and we invite you to partner with us!