The Turner Family
“Our biggest goal has always been to own a home so we can provide a stable and secure environment for our children to grow up in.” ~ from Kyle and Liliya Turner’s application letter
Kyle Turner was born and raised in Buncombe County; as he grew and matured, so did the city of Asheville. It was 2003 and Kyle was happy to see that Asheville’s increased popularity was bringing more opportunities for employment. When Kyle joined the work force at the age of 16, he had no way of knowing that half way around the world, his future wife Liliya was emigrating from Ukraine. They were introduced by a mutual friend and the rest, as they say, is history.
As newlyweds, Kyle moved into Liliya’s affordable 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom apartment, thinking it an appropriate, if temporary, starting place. In 2012, Liliya became a naturalized American Citizen and a few months later they welcomed their first child. They decided that Liliya would leave the workforce to stay home with their daughter, so Kyle, already employed by UPS, took on a second job to keep his family afloat.
With an active toddler underfoot, the apartment that had once been adequate seemed to be shrinking. But it was 2015 and rental prices were already on the rise. Their small apartment was far from ideal, but the family made the most of it. In 2016, however, their son was born and they began to look in earnest for other options. They learned that a 3-bedroom apartment in the same complex would be out of reach at over $800 a month, so they reluctantly decided that four people in a small 2 bedroom apartment would have to do. They could not afford the luxury of space. It was then that a family friend introduced them to Habitat for Humanity and once again, the rest is history.