The Justice Family
“I grew up with my mother and grandmother in a house they rented for 27 years. I have always told them that one day I will make them proud and own my own home.”
~from Kedric Justice’s application letter
Applying for a loan, building a home, buying a home… these are common topics of discussion around the Habitat ReStore. But sometimes it’s hard to see something that is right in front of your face. Thus was the case for Kedric Justice. Working at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for more than 6 years had made the idea of homeownership too familiar. Like a Magic Eye picture where you have to look past the center to bring the image into focus, Kedric had to look past the day to day to get a clear view of his future.
This is where his girlfriend Erica and her kids come into the story. While Kedric and Erica had known each other in high school, they lost touch over the years. When he ran into her again, he realized that the partner he had longed for had been there all along. He had found the woman he wanted to spend his life with, and the fact that he also loved her kids, was icing on the cake. The four of them came together as a family where they have remained ever since.
Perhaps they are the reason that Kedric was able to bring the vision of homeownership through Habitat into focus. With children in the picture, he had responsibilities and concerns that he’d never had before. Kedric began to noticing the drug activity and the crime that surrounded them in a whole different light. Having lost his own father to violence, he was painfully aware that crime wasn’t just something that happened to other people.
After volunteering to work on the job site as a way to honor the memory of his good friend Jon Kraus, Kedric found the courage to finally take everyone’s advice and apply! He was approved to purchase a 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom home in Arden.
Being approved for homeownership has helped Kedric see that that his future is bright. If he ever loses sight of that, he will always have his good friend Jon to show him the way home, because Kedric’s house is being built on Jon Kraus Way.