Lowndes-Valdosta Habitat for Humanity Celebrates Homeownership
Most Americans have the task of purchasing a home and paying it off on their lifetime on their to-do list. Shontina Tisby succeeded at both within 17 years, which is significantly shorter than the 30 years that is takes most people.
The Lowndes-Valdosta Habitat for Humanity was the group she gave credit to for changing her life and the lives of her family members. The organization has built over 200 homes and helped more than 400 families.
Since she moved into her home in 2002, Tisby has been employed by the Lowndes County Public Defenders Office. While she has worked there, she has obtained her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and is working toward a master’s degree in social work.
According to Habitat for Humanity representatives, Tisby’s son was only 2 years old when they moved into their new home. Now, her son is 19 and is currently attending Truett McConnell University in Alabama. He gives credit to the Habitat program for positively impacting the direction of his life. Tisby’s youngest son also has plans to pursue his college degree after completing high school.
Habitat encourages people to help themselves by requiring that they work on their homes and the homes of others. As a result, they help provide safe, decent, and affordable housing for residents in need, Habitat representatives said. Tisby is one of the 5 million people worldwide that Habitat helped by building, renovating and repairing more than 1,000,000 affordable homes.