The Simpson Family
“I want to show my children that if they work hard and prepare financially, it is possible to make the dream of owning a home come true.”
~ from Shaketia Simpson’s application letter
Shaketia Simpson has been “showing children the way,” for most of her life. At the age of 13, Shaketia’s mom encouraged her to spend time helping others, so she began volunteering at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. In doing so, she discovered her passion for early childhood education when she was just a kid herself.
Recognizing her calling at such a young age, Shaketia can now boast of having 12 years of experience in her chosen field. As an educator at Discovery Montessori, she utilizes her knowledge and experience to care for the youngest among us. She is a master at soothing babies (and their parents), and somehow still manages to save energy for her children at home.
Being a professional care-taker, she never fathomed a day when she might not be able to take care of herself. She had lived in Asheville all of her life, and she intended the same for her children. But when the renewal of her lease resulted in a rent increase she could not afford, Shaketia was faced with a crisis she never saw coming- the affordable housing crisis.
Unable to find an affordable rental, Shaketia and her children had to move in with her mother. While she was grateful to have her mother’s support, sharing a twin bed with her daughter while her son slept on the floor, was far short of a permanent solution. When a friend mentioned Habitat, Shaketia set her sights on homeownership and began working towards the goal.
After taking steps to work on her credit, her determination paid off. She has been approved to purchase a 3 bedroom/1.5 bathroom Habitat house in Arden. As someone who began her career volunteering, Shaketia is overwhelmed to be on the receiving end of volunteerism. Always the educator, she will use the experience to inspire a whole new generation of volunteers. Shaketia is living proof that you’re never too young to start!