Home Number 93 - The Sheya Family
Charles and Melissa both grew up in Utah, Charles in Layton and Melissa was raised in Kanab. They met while earning their degrees at Utah State University and married after dating for a year. They waited until their careers had traction and decided to start a family two years later.I t was a responsible and thoughtful pathway that is likely similar to most couples. But their lives took a hard turn when their son Perrin was born.
It was an easy pregnancy with no issues, the labor and birth went as planned, but Perrin never took his first breath. He was rushed out of the labor room while CPR was applied and ½ hour later he was stabilized and his first 6 months were spent in hospitals in the Critical Care Units. Perrin is now 4 years old and experiences 20-30 seizures a day and requires supervision around the clock. If he becomes ill the seizures can escalate to 200 per day. In the event they need a baby sitter they must be a nurse trained in CPR and resuscitation. Perrin is under the care of 15 specialists which puts added hardship on the couple.
This is a story about a family through no fault of their own found themselves spiraling down from their middleclass background into the low income demographic. Their new life’s compass was doing everything possible to keep their son alive and reduce his suffering. This is also a story about an amazing family that lives each day with grace. They live within their means, they have organized their lives into the puzzle they were thrown into and they have worked to carve out the best life they can with the hand they have been dealt.
Charles works for Delta Airlines and learned about Habitat for Humanity through a co-worker when the company sponsored a home. They made application for a home two years ago and were accepted into the program.
On Friday, February 6th both Melissa and Charles joined other volunteers on the first day of the building of their home in Kearns.
92 Homes Built
In Salt Lake County
(Working on 93 right now!)
Cold Stone Lane: Dedicated 2014
Magna : Sponsored by Academy Mortgage
This sixteen home, planned unit development began in 2002. All sixteen families selected to live in Wolstenholme Park will be part of a homeowner's association that will help them manage the playground, picnic area and other common areas of the project. Home sizes were based on Habitat's guidelines and the needs of the family. Special attention has been given to preserving the wildlife habitat and to project a positive image of the project and resident families.
Lafayette Single Family Remodel
1155 W. Lafayette Drive (700 North) in Salt Lake
Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity, along with representatives from Smith's Food & Drug Stores, Citi Group and The Citi Foundation, presented the keys to 1155 W. Lafayette Drive (700 North) in Salt Lake City on Saturday June 20 2009. The home represents the 74th home dedicated in Salt Lake Valley since 1986.
Wenco Twin Townhome
1077 West Wenco Circle
Gifted to Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity the property at 1077 West Wenco Circle resulted in the creation of the 71st and 72nd homes built by the Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. Two single mothers and their children received the keys to their homes on Saturday, August 16, 2008 in a joint ceremony. Each of these incredible women has worked 200 hours of sweat equity building homes in Magna and Salt Lake City.
Four Homes - Salt Lake City, Utah (731 E. 700 S.)
Building for the four unit condominium project began in October 2006. The Egli Court project was completed in June 2007. Located just two blocks from the historic Trolley Square, JSA architects designed the homes to reflect the spirit and charm of the Sugarhouse neighborhood. Four families are able to take advantage of their close proximity to downtown Salt Lake City.
The Villas at Hidden Creek
Four homes - Sandy, Utah (9400 S. 700 W.)
The Villas were a unique type of build for Salt Lake Valley Habitat for Humanity. Four lots in The Villas were gifted to Habitat for Humanity by Bryson Garbett of Garbett Homes. The homes have been built in accordance to Habitat for Humanity standards of decent, affordable, housing as well as meeting the standards of the community. Four families have moved in. Awarded Best Community of Utah by the Utah Homebuilders Association in 2004.