Beni is a disabled, single mother of 3 children, 2 boys and 1 girl, and a domestic violence survivor.
The rental where they currently live is in disrepair. The heat in their home is not adequate. The boys’ room has no direct heat, nor does Beni’s room. Her daughter’s room has heat but it is right behind the door, leading to a fire hazard if the door isn’t kept closed. Three of the four heaters in the home are old and spark when they start and stop. The family cannot walk barefoot in the house because nails are sticking up in the carpet. The only bathroom has a toilet that tends to over flow. This is challenging enough when 4 people share a single bathroom; imagine the difficulties when company visits.
Her daughter is on the spectrum and has very specific needs. At some point, she may require round-the-clock in-home care. The family currently lives in a community outside of Lewiston. Despite the commute, Beni opted to keep her children in Lewiston schools where she feels they receive the additional academic accommodations they need.
Beni is blessed by extended family who provide frequent assistance with the kids. Having a home in Lewiston will solve numerous challenges for Beni’s family since she will be closer to her support network. In Beni’s own words, “This home gives me hope to have my family in our forever home so we can focus on health needs and have the ability to grow and be more involved in the community.”
Plus, Beni can finally plant her very own peach tree, something she has wanted for years.