Meet Our Homeowners

Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West Home Buyers are working members of our community. They must put in 300-400 hours of sweat equity on home construction, attend educational programs centering on crucial life skills and pay a mortgage on their homes after purchasing. Below is just one example of the over two hundred families we serve.

The Savoie Family - Building on Faith

Habitat Homebuyer “I know for a fact that if it wasn’t for this program I would be renting for my whole life.”

Thomas “Tommy” Savoie is a disabled veteran who believes that home should be a safe, stress-free environment meant for the family. He served in the Louisiana National Guard Air Force for four years and prided himself in being a homeowner. However, a series of events, such as growing ill, resulted in Tommy not being able to work and having to look for other housing options. He currently rents an apartment in Covington, and lives with his two sons, 22 year old Thomas III and 19 year old Julien. Due to his limited income, the expensive housing leaves Tommy rent burdened and frustrated. His apartment is not handicap accessible making it difficult to maneuver in a space that should be comfortable. Due to the apartment being two stories, Tommy must walk up and down the stairs to get to his room and fears of falling. His kitchen is very tight and small, making it difficult to accomplish chores when he must use his walker. There are also no bars on the bathtub making it hard for him to get in and out.

Tommy also wishes there was more room for his son Julien who is autistic and spends his time collecting toys and creating movies. Every Saturday as a treat for doing well in school, Tommy would take Julien to the Habitat STW ReStore to pick out something for his collection. Familiar with Habitat for Humanity’s mission and program, Tommy was always interested in applying, but was worried his disabilities would hinder the process.

One Saturday, the ReStore’s Community Relations Supervisor, Shawanda, encouraged him to return on Monday to apply. He did and since then he has been on his journey to become a homeowner again.

“At first I was extremely nervous that I wouldn’t be able to complete my sweat equity hours due to my disabilities, but everyone has been so nice and accommodating. I’ve been able to work in the ReStore for the majority of my hours. So far my favorite part of the process has been meeting all the people who work and volunteer at the ReStore; they’re great!” says Tommy.

A lover of cooking and baking, Tommy is extremely excited to have a new kitchen, which he calls “the soul of the home”. The first thing he’s going to do when he moves into his Habitat home is cook a huge spaghetti dinner for his family. He’s also looking forward to living in an accessible home with modifications for his family’s specific needs.

The Savoie Family’s home is sponsored by the Habitat Building on Faith (BOF) committee. The BOF committee was formed to provide volunteer opportunities for all those that choose to put their faith and love into action. It is an all- inclusive committee with members/volunteers from local churches. Faith communities are the cornerstone for Habitat for Humanity. Building on Faith brings together people of all faiths to work side-by-side with Habitat homebuyers to help continue building homes, communities, and hope.

“To the volunteers, words aren’t enough. This is my only chance to have a home. A home I can leave to my children when I’m gone that no one can take away from them” said Tommy. “Every day I think about how truly blessed I am to be in this program.”

The Poole Family - ReStore Home

Habitat Homebuyer “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” Matthew 6:10

“Thy will be done” is the third of the seven petitions in the Lord’s prayer and is the bible verse that keeps Meghan Poole motivated and reminds her that God will take care of it all during life’s journey. Meghan and her four year old daughter Myah currently live in temporary housing that is extremely overcrowded, resulting in a single room being their only living space.

A graduate from Southeastern University, Meghan currently works at Chick-fil-A as a Team Leader. She has tried to search for better living options for her and her daughter, but could not find affordable housing that could make the change possible. By partnering with Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West (STW) Meghan will be able to purchase a decent home with an affordable mortgage after completing 300 sweat equity hours.

“I’ve never had my own place that was just mine. To me, home is a safe place where I can be myself and not have to worry about others. I want my daughter to have a home that she can call her own” said Meghan. “A place where we can play outside and do all the fun things we like to do like cuddle, and watch movies.”

The Poole Family home will be funded by the proceeds of the Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West ReStore. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The money raised through the Habitat STW ReStore helps to ensure that everyone in our community has a decent and affordable place to call home. We are very thankful for our donors, shoppers and volunteers who have helped families in our community realize their dream of homeownership.

“To all the volunteers, thank you, because this means a lot to me” said Meghan. “This is my future, this is my home, and I appreciate all the hard work that you all have been putting into it. It means the world to me!”

More Home Owners:

Bickham Family
Dowling Family
Stephens Family
Payne Family
Keyes Family
Anthony Family
Gaines Family
Barrie Family
Barker Family
Palmer Family