The Beavans Family

In talking about why she turned to Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Michelle Bevans remarked, "I wanted to show my children that, in life, if you work hard, you can get what you need."

Michelle, like all Habitat homeowners, worked hard to achieve homeownership. On top of a full-time job, and being the mother of two, Michelle contributed 200 hours of sweat equity (volunteer hours) before she purchased her Habitat house.

Thanks to her own two hands, the help of hundreds of community volunteers, and proceeds from the Xmas Jam, Michelle now owns her own home and her family is thriving and enjoying life in Habitat’s Carney Place neighborhood. Michelle’s monthly mortgage payment is less than what her rent had been, and she is no longer saddled with disproportionate heating costs during the winter months. And, her kids have a safe neighborhood in which to play and grow.

Watch this video to hear what Michelle has to say about her experience of becoming a Habitat homeowner, and in this video, listen to her talk about the impact the Christmas Jam has had on her family's life.