Westminster partners with Fourth Presbyterian to build a home every three years through
Habitat for Humanity. Join us starting February 23, 2017 for a historic build in the most gentrified area of Greenville with average home prices above $250,000, the Sterling Community.
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A native of Long Island New York, Kira Bridgers grew up with the strength and stability of family. While her parents didn’t own their home, her aunt that lived right next door did and Kira knew this type of stability was what she wanted for her family.
She remains very close to her family in New York, visiting them regularly since moving to South Carolina 15 years ago. Kira has grown children that live in New York as well as her mother, sister, and three brothers. Kira moved to South Carolina after her son Shamir’s father passed away to be closer to his family and her step-sons in Rock Hill.
Kira, her 16 year old son Shamir, a Berea High student, her ten year old grandson Davis, and her six year old goddaughter Kiasia will be moving with their beloved Yorkie, Kashi to Horton Street. When she applied to the program, Kira was in subsidized housing. The Bridgers are currently renting a house, but it’s on a very busy road where it is unsafe for the children to play outside. When asked what this means for her family she enthusiastically shouted “It means I’ll be a homeowner!!” She goes on to share that for her children it means stability. “Your kids know you’ve strived so hard and worked for more, and you achieved it and so can they.”
A friend and Habitat homeowner from Easley encouraged her to look into the Homeownership program. She shares that she was familiar with Habitat, but as a volunteer opportunity not as a potential homeowner. Since entering the program Kira has become a promoter, cheerleader, and advocate for Habitat and plans to head up to New York later this year to help her sister, a soon-to-be-Habitat homeowner, build her house!
When asked about her experiences throughout the course of the Homeownership program Kira remarks that she loved the classes “those were helpful, but easy in terms of getting them done. The hard part was getting in line financially, the budgeting and everything. That was more difficult! But I did it.” She goes on to share that “I love the sweat equity part of this program. I love the way everyone works together and the friends I’ve made. If there is anyone out there thinking about applying to the Habitat Homeownership program- JUST DO IT!!” She is definitely a Habitat cheerleader!
Kira is grateful to her funding partners Westminster Presbyterian and Fourth Presbyterian churches, Habitat Greenville, and all of the volunteers and family partners that will help build her family’s home.