Home Sweet Home
As we are right in the middle of the holiday season, Prosperity Works shares Vanessa’s story as a testimony to the strength of personal vision, hard work with family savings, and building a future of hope for children. Please consider donating toward securing a home for five more families in 2014. Consider donating $50, $100, or $500. Your donation will immediately be multiplied 1.5 time, becoming $150, $250, or $1,250.
“We plan to decorate for all major holidays — Christmas lights here we come!”
Vanessa Bedoine closed on her house November 7, 2012. “Our lease at the apartment ended November 30, but the kids were so excited for their own rooms, that we’ve stayed at the house every night!
“My family and I–which consists of four adults, two kids, and our pet boxer–were living in a one bedroom apartment for 6-1/2 years. We were limited on space but we seemed to make it work. Over time, we realized that we needed a bigger living space, which meant looking for an apartment. We did not have much luck.
“My sister-in-law, Tonia, showed us a flyer for ECHO Housing Inc., and we decided to give it a try. After two years in the program, and a lot of patience, my family and I are now first-time homeowners in Kirtland, New Mexico, living in a three bedroom house with lots of living space. The help we got from ECHO Housing Inc., and the resources of funding from our IDA, was truly helpful. We were blessed to have discovered the IDA program.”
Vanessa works at San Juan College in the administrative office. She is working on an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. “It’s actually much easier to do finance and budgeting for my job. When I started the Financial Education class I had to start thinking about myself, my budget, and my future. It was hard at first, but once you realize what you need versus want, it gets easier. My daughter is in kindergarten, and I had to say, ‘Well, you could have that toy or we can save the money & get you your own room.’ My son is 8 years old and has had to share rooms his entire life. He lives with me half time and his father half time. Now he says, ‘I finally have my first own bedroom.’
“I now teach my kids about savings. They each have a piggy bank, and at the end of the year we go to the bank to deposit the money into their savings accounts. I hope someday that they will learn in school what we were taught in financial education class. To graduate high school understanding credit and how credit affects you…that would be great. Of course by that time I’m sure there will an Ap for it.
“We may be sleeping on the floor this month, and using decorations from last year, but my family is finally in our own home sweet home!”