Lashonda is ready to move back to her family's old neighborhood. Her family used to live in Southside, but got had to consider other options as land was developed in Durham. When asked what it was like coming back now that the neighborhood had changed, Lashonda shared, "I think it's important that I am seen and that my story is heard."
Southside is part of the Hayti District in Durham, a historic African-American community. In 1958 Durham experienced an urban renewal and freeway project that took down houses and split this area from downtown businesses. This made property values fall and crime rates increase in the area. Today the area is being built back up by land developers and a few affordable home builders (like Habitat)!
Lashonda has been a fantastic force on site whether it is hammering in the heat or painting in the cold, she has done it all. Even more impressive is what an awesome role model she is for her children. Her oldest daughter, Avona, has come out on site to volunteer and is just like her mother, ready to jump in and learn each shift. Zach, the middle child, loves building projects with our youth program and has mastered using the hammer during our builds. The youngest, Averri, is not quite old enough to be on site at two years old, but will certainly benefit from the warmth and stability this home will provide.
Durham Habitat is honored to partner with Lashonda and her family! We invite you to join a Durham Habitat partnership. Click here to volunteer or donate! Click HERE to follow the construction process.