In 1997, Hayla and her children moved into their new Habitat home in Culter Bay,
|Sixteen years ago, Hayla Washington and her two children moved into the first ever “Women Build” home in Florida. Although a historic milestone for Habitat, for Hayla it was an opportunity of a lifetime, and one she credits with having a transformative effect on her life.
Seeking to dramatically improve her family’s living conditions, Hayla partnered with Habitat and embarked on the homeownership journey.
“Habitat gave me confidence and showed me that I was capable of being a homeowner.”
Looking back, she credits partnering with Habitat with providing a better foundation for her children’s future:
“If we had stayed in the old neighborhood, I don’t know how my son would have turned out. There are always challenges, but nowhere near as many as if we hadn’t moved. Habitat helped change everything,” said Hayla.
The benefits of a Habitat home were not just limited to the Washington children. With a sense of permanency and ownership, Hayla also thrived and focused on her work. She now works as an analytical research coordinator for a pharmaceutics company. She also continues to engage with Habitat to help other families obtain the opportunities she was afforded.
“It’s so important that I give back, to help empower other women. It’s very important that we don’t take for granted the blessings we’ve been given.” said Hayla. “Success stories are not only on television, but also in real life.”