Amanda Plogger and her three children, Lilly, 15 and Bella, 10, and Ben, 9, have outgrown their modest trailer. Bedroom space is limited, and Ben sleeps on the couch. So Amanda turned to Rockbridge Area Habitat for better housing for her young family.
“This (is) an opportunity to have something that is actually ours,” she said. “A place where my kids can grow up and become adults.”
Working in housekeeping at Washington and Lee University, Plogger does not have the means to purchase a larger home through a conventional mortgage. Instead, she will work 200 hours on the construction site to build a new house for her family. Already she has attended the 27-hour, nine-week financial education course. She knows the sweat equity process will be good for her children, despite the fact that they will hammer no nails.
“I hope to lead by example, to show them you can overcome any obstacle no matter how hard,” Plogger said. “My children will have the value of watching their mom work hard for something to call our own.”