Sarah is a single mother of three-year-old twins Autumn and Summer. Both little girls have special needs, and so the family will require a handicap accessible home. Summer was born with Microcephaly, which causes the head and brain to be smaller than normal, and Summer also had clubbed feet for which she now wears braces on her feet. Summer is entirely tube fed, and is not independent at all. Autumn was born with double outlet right ventricles in her heart, and had open heart surgery on her first birthday. She will likely need another surgery in 2015, as well as additional operations in the future. Sarah says she takes her daughters’ health issues as they are, and is used to a hectic life and has adapted in order to react well under pressure. Her parents help out a lot, and in fact her mother encouraged her to apply as a Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County partner family.
In her current home, Sarah’s windows and doors are not sealed properly, and so her heating and cooling costs have been very high. This past winter was extremely cold, and Sarah says the heating expense was outrageous. In the summer, she had to turn the thermostat down to 60 degrees just to keep it 70 degrees inside. Several aspects of her apartment are not ideal; structurally the apartment is not very good quality and there are several things that need to be fixed that Sarah is unable to address. Sarah is most looking forward to being able to call her new home her own. There will be more space for the family, and she is excited to be able to choose the colors of her walls. She is happy to be able to give the girls a house and a floor plan that will work for Summer’s special needs.