Legacy Builders House #2

About the House

TYPE: 3 Bedroom/ 1.5 Bath

STYLE: Arts & Crafts

HOUSE SIZE: 1,064 square feet

LOCATION: Lot 2, Arden neighborhood (Jon Kraus Way)

CONSTRUCTION START: Tuesday, January 2, 2018

STATUS: Completed! Closes July 12.

Meet the Future Homeowners

The Henson Family

“I can’t wait to partner with Habitat …it gives me another hands-on opportunity to teach my boys while we work side by side”

~From Benitia Henson’s application letter

When Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” surely he had someone like Benitia Henson in mind. As a member of the St. John Baptist Church in Arden, she has served as an usher, youth director, summer camp coordinator, and Bible study teacher – and that’s just what she has done in her spare time. She is also employed as a full time electronics associate for Walmart and is the mother of 2 growing boys. While Benitia wears many hats, her mission is always the same: to help others and honor God.

Growing up in Asheville as one of five children, Benitia and her family lived in the same apartment on Livingston Street for 16 years. It was there that she watched her mother give to others, even when her own family was in need. It was there that Benitia learned a lesson she now shares with her own children; it is better to give than to receive. Like a family heirloom being passed down through generations, the art of giving is this family’s jewel.

Benitia’s nature doesn’t allow for self-pity so she became adept at making the most out of every situation. Having lived in the same 2 bedroom apartment for 13 years meant that for most of their lives, the boys had to share a room. It was fine when they were small, but as teenagers with very different interests, they craved their own space. Benitia looked at what she had to work with and came up with a solution. She turned the closet under the stairs into a makeshift bedroom and gave each son a “room” of his own.

Her ability to focus on others had enabled Benitia to accept living conditions that were less than ideal. But when she learned that Habitat was building in Arden, she saw an opportunity and seized it. She is delighted to have been approved to purchase a 3 bedroom/2 bathroom Habitat house.

About the Sponsor

This house is sponsored by Asheville Area Habitat’s Legacy Giving Society. The Adopt-A-Lot sponsors are Ernest and Shirley Ferguson.

Latest Updates

Benitia’s faith has led her to help others and to honor God. At the 4-Home Kickoff in Arden on March 2nd, she shared her gratitude for the opportunity to build a community with her new neighbors. Longtime residents of Arden, Benitia and her sons are happy to stay in their neighborhood, near their schools and church. Benitia has made a great connection with her future neighbors. They attend classes together, work on the jobsite and in the ReStore, and attend each other’s events. Her teenage sons are excited to have their own rooms, as one currently sleeps in a closet converted to a makeshift bedroom. Benitia’s 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Habitat house will give this family a place to stretch out and grow.

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