Meet the Tyler Family
Michelle is the proud mom to her three daughters Jah’honna (4), Zyana (3) and Malayah (1) and was accepted into the Habitat Home Buyer Program in October 2016. Michelle has lived in Horry County for the past 18 years and currently works for Publix. She and the girls love spending the day together by going to the beach or the park when they can.
Michelle was encouraged by a friend to apply for the Home Buyer Program and she is so glad for that
encouragement because she says this program has been able to help her provide a solid foundation for a happy and healthy home for her girls. Michelle also says that the Home Buyer Program has given her hope, and teaches people to care about others. Michelle has learned so much from the program such as how to better her credit and create a household budget, but most importantly the program has taught her to not give up and that putting in hard work can reap large rewards. She wants others going through the program to know that they shouldn’t give up and to keep pushing forward so that they can succeed.
Michelle and her daughters cannot wait to get into their new home where they can begin decorating, cooking meals and sitting on the front porch enjoying family time together. Michelle’s house will be House #143 and broke ground on February 18, 2019.
Meet the Gause Family
Conswella Gause, a native to Horry County, is the proud mom to her two children, Solomon and Trinity. For the last 5 years, Conswella has worked at Grand Strand Pediatrics. Solomon is an Electrical Assistant and Trinity is a 9th grader at North Myrtle Beach High School. Together, they enjoy going to church and teaching the children that attend their church.
Conswella applied to the Habitat for Humanity Home Buyer Program because she wanted to be able to provide a safe and stable home environment for her children. Since she was accepted in October 2016, Conswella and her children have faced many difficulties but because of them, they have all come through stronger and have pushed even harder to achieve their dreams.
Conswella says that being in the Habitat program has given her a greater sense of community because she has been able to help others and others in the program have helped her family and helped them become more well-rounded.
Conswella’s house will be House #144 and will break ground March 23, 2019
Meet the Bunnell Family
Shameka Bunnell is the proud mother of her daughter, Khalia and her son, Ethan. Shameka and her family have lived in Horry County on and off since 1992. Shameka served in the United States Army for three and a half years before she became disabled. Khalia is 10 years old and is very dedicated to school and is a cheerleader in her spare time. Ethan is 13 years old and loves to play video games and to run. They enjoy spending time together as a family and do it as much as possible.
Accepted into the Habitat Home Buyer Program in March 2018 because of her temporary housing situation, Shameka immediately started quickly completing her sweat equity hours and paying towards her closing costs. She has already completed over 200 hours of sweat equity. Shameka says the best part about being in the Habitat Home Buyer Program is having the opportunity to finally own her own home and give her children the home they deserve. She says Habitat is giving her a chance at independence and she excited to see her children working very hard on their grades to receive sweat equity hours, while also asking for less because they are starting to understand that it is important to save money rather than always spending. The Bunnell family is extremely grateful to be in the program and it will be their dream come true once they accomplish the goal of homeownership.
Meet the Pagan Family
Cotisha Pagan has lived in Horry County for the past 28 years and has been employed by Bluegreen Vacations as an Administrative Assistance for the past four years. She has three wonderful children; Carmelo who is 13 and a seventh grader at Myrtle Beach Middle School, Mychala who is 7 and a second grader at Myrtle Beach Elementary School, and Cameron who is 1 and keeps his family on their toes!
Cotisha joined the Habitat Home Buyer Program in October 2016 because she wanted to be able to provide the best life she possibly could for her children, including owning her own home. Currently, Cotisha and her children are living in an overcrowded apartment and they are all very excited to someday have a home where each child can have their own bedroom and a yard to play in. Cotisha says that being in the Habitat Home Buyer Program has been a blessing in her life because although she is a single mom, the program has given her the opportunity to show her children that with hard work, prayer, and faith in God your dreams can be accomplished. It has also helped her feel as though she can provide her children with a stable home that will help them flourish in life. The Groundbreaking for the Pagan family’s home, #146 in Horry County, will be on June 1 at 9am at 1109 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Meet the Cook Family
Antonio “Tony” Cook is the proud father of his eight year old daughter, Sa’Jaedah. Tony has lived in Horry County for 30 years and a graduate of Green Sea Floyd High School. For the past 14 years, Tony has worked at Red Lobster and has also been a cook at Landmark Resorts for the past 3 years. Even though he is very busy working two jobs, he spends as much time as he can with his daughter and family. Sa’Jaedah is a second grader at Myrtle Beach Elementary who always has a good attitude and is very engaged in Habitat’s Children’s Program. Tony has always wanted to provide his daughter a safe place where she can live and have the opportunity to play outside.
Since Tony was accepted into the Home Buyer Program in March 2018, he and Sa’Jaedah have been working hard on completing their Sweat Equity Hours. They are both very hard workers and wonderful assets to the program. Tony says the best part about being in the Habitat Home Buyer Program is having the opportunity to give his family a fresh start in something they can call their own but also having the opportunity to help other families in the program reach that same goal. The Groundbreaking for the Cook family’s home, #147 in Horry County, will be on June 1 at 9am at 1111 Carver Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.