“This is more than I ever dreamed of. I can't believe it's really happening!” exclaims Melissa, about her new home in the Hazelwood neighborhood.
Melissa had been running the preschool she owns and operates, Runabouts Family Preschool, out of a rental house for 4 years. It’s not what she wanted, but she didn’t think she had any real options.
“I knew I probably couldn't afford a market rate home that was large enough to run my preschool out of. So, I was delighted when I found out about Proud Ground and realized that my day dreams about home ownership might be able to become a reality! “
Melissa bought one of the homes Proud Ground acquired and renovated through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, through which 10 foreclosed and empty houses become homes for first-time buyers.
“I wanted to put my money into an investment for my future, rather than paying a landlord every month. I wanted a stronger sense of place and the sense of security that comes with that," Melissa goes on to explain about why she wanted a home of her own.
“I wanted to be able to decorate, landscape, and develop the house and property in a way that fits with my values and vision for my life and the world. I wanted a home from which to further my work with children and the community.”
Melissa is joined in her home by the children & family of her preschool; Abi the dog; cat Penny; a rabbit named Charlie; and 4 chickens- Clover, Olive, Ginger, and Daphne.