Homeowner Spotlight

Laurel Oak Grove

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood! Photo: John Zilloux

Another beautiful day in the neighborhood!
Photo: John Zilloux

In spring, 2015, we completed of Laurel Oak Grove on James Island.  This beautiful little community is now home to 22 families.  Located off of Ft. Johnson Road, Laurel Oak is a unique building site that emphasizes community:  front doors open onto a central, park-like area with a winding concrete walkways.  This green space provides a safe place for kids to play and for neighbors to socialize and get to know each other.

In addition, the homes are certified green houses designed to reduce power bills and water usage.  The first residents already appreciate lower utility bills.

We are proud of our newest neighborhood and thank all who helped to make it a reality.

Meet one of our newest Laurel Oak Grove families

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Ebony outside her home with daughter, Chelsey.

Ebony Jenkins, her son O’mari and daughter Chelsey, are among our final four families to move in to Laurel Oak Grove. Ebony began the process of homeownership in June, 2014 when she applied to Sea Island Habitat.   Since receiving final approval, she has managed to meet all requirements for homeownership while maintaining a full-time job and caring for two very active little children!

Ebony eloquently described what this means to her:
I am so excited to live in an area where each neighbor knows one another and the kids can play together.  My son, O’mari, is super excited that he can ride his bike and play outside and not have me worrying about him and his safety.  My daughter, Chelsey, is only 14 months but she can actually grow up in an area full of love, play outside with friends as she gets older and share memories in the future.

As my house was being built, working with different volunteers was very exciting.  I got to meet different people from all over the world.  They were very nice, caring, thoughtful and hard-working.  The construction supervisor, Randy, was my favorite!  He was very knowledgeable, understanding, helpful and full of fun.  I know it wasn’t always easy to show a group of non-builders how to build a home.  I really do appreciate him for that.

Chelsey is a natural in front of the Habitat camera!

Chelsey is a natural in front of the Habitat camera!

Being a first-time home buyer was a dream I’ve always imagined in my life.  I worked hard and stayed focused on what I wanted to get accomplished.  It wasn’t always that easy because at times I got discouraged  But when I looked at my kids, I knew that I wanted a better future for them and a stable house that they can call home.  My advice to anyone wanting to become a homeowner is to always think positively and believe that anything is possible as long as you keep you mind on it and always believe that dreams can come true!

That is what Habitat is all about—giving folks a hand-up not a hand-out as they work to realize their own dreams.


Congratulations, Ebony, and all of our other Laurel Oak families.