HVAF Board Member serves Indy’s veterans through Veterans CourtJuly 23, 2021
A Message from the President & CEO: August 2021August 10, 2021
For the third time since 2019, one of HVAF’s veterans has had the opportunity to become a first-time homeowner. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity!
A long time coming
This time, the opportunity came for Marine Corps veteran Troy. We first met Troy in 2008 – where he achieved sobriety after many years of drug addiction.
He said during that time, it gave him time to get off of the streets, to consider principles he could incorporate into his life, and to develop a relationship with the Lord.
“I have to admit when I left the program I was scared because I wasn’t sure that I was going to be able to make it clean. That was unfamiliar to me, because I had been getting high for so many
years,” Troy said. “As I went along, I saw people helping me in my journey to where the Lord was going to have me to be.”
Becoming a Habitat homeowner
As he finished the program, a HVAF case manager helped him to receive housing. And during that time, he began volunteer work at the VA Hospital. This led him to gaining full-time employment there, and still works there today.
In the last few years, HVAF Peer Mentor (and Troy’s close friend) Elayne asked Troy if he is interested in a Habitat for Humanity home. He didn’t feel ready until this year.
“I think it was the right time. Maybe those times when I didn’t accept – I wasn’t in the right place,” Troy said. “I see that I was in the right place at the right time. Everything has happened so smoothly that I know the Lord had a hand in it.”
After taking financial literacy classes and spending time helping with the build of his own home – he finally received the keys! He said it has been unbelievable.
Abri Hochstetler, Associate Director of Communications & Annual Giving at Habitat for Humanity, said it’s always an amazing experience to watch each homeowner’s experience.
“We are so blessed to work with people like Troy,” Abri said. “He’s a hard worker, he’s made it through a lot, he really is the epitome of what we hope our homeowners can be.”
A new journey
With his new home – it won’t just be a solid foundation for himself. He is also excited to bring his sister home, who has lived in a facility her entire life. He also plans to plant a garden in the backyard with tomatoes and other food.
“It’s just a blessing to pull up and see this house and know that it belongs to me,” Troy said. “I see a wonderful journey going forward.”