“It was a dream that seemed so out of reach. When it happened, that was all Kalab ever wanted for us, to be in our own home. This is everything to him.”
Thirteen-year-old Kalab has always dreamed of he and his mother having a home of their own, ideally one with stairs. But for Megan, it seemed like an impossible dream.
In 2013, she had been in and out of Anderson’s Shalom Home a couple of times when they told her she needed to step out of her comfort zone to make a lasting change in life. So Megan went to Miracle Hill in Greenville to get clean from drugs and be a mom for her son.
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“I just kept reading my Bible and praying,” Megan said of her time there.
Miracle Hill taught her to get really close to God; it taught her discipline and that she functions better in a structured environment. She learned about faith and trust and to believe in herself. Miracle Hill gave Megan the tools she needed for life, she said, like staying proactive and positive and being aware of her surroundings.
Megan also read books about how to be a better mom.
hen she graduated from Miracle Hill, Megan came back to Anderson to stay at the Shalom halfway house and started working at Hampton Inn. It was a coworker there who gave her hope that she might be able to make Kalab’s dream come true.
Mr. John Brown told Megan about Habitat’s affordable homeownership program and encouraged her to apply. So she did.
“I got denied, and I really thought I’d get approved,” Megan said. She was only working part time and she just didn’t have enough income to afford even an interest-free mortgage on a Habitat home.
“It has been a really long journey, but in the process you’re learning how to work on stuff, meeting the people helping out.” “Don’t give up before you receive your miracle because this is mine and Kalab’s miracle — having a Habitat home.”
“I thought, ‘What am I going to do? I don’t make enough money to live in a decent neighborhood. I could get Section 8, but I’d be in a bad neighborhood.”
Megan started working on her GED and asked her boss for more hours. “Hampton Inn has really helped me out with everything,” Megan said. “Especially my boss, Mr. Mike.” And Mr. John Brown kept encouraging Megan to come back to Habitat and apply again. She did, and this time, she was approved.
“That was like the best feeling in the world,” Megan said. “It was a dream that seemed so out of reach. When it happened, that was all Kalab ever wanted for us, to be in our own home. This is everything to him.”
When she was at the Shalom Home, she saw Kalab every day, but he mostly stayed with his grandparents in Honea Path, and he attended Honea Path Elementary. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Timken Foundation, Megan and Kalab soon will have their own home that is about one minute away from Kalab’s school, less than 10 minutes from Megan’s parents, and just a couple of minutes from Honea Path Church of God, where Megan and Kalab worship.
“It means security for Kalab and I,” Megan said. “Not only a house, but it’s a nice neighborhood where you don’t have to worry about your child being in danger or seeing things they shouldn’t on the streets.”
And those stairs Kalab hoped for? They will lead to his new front porch and a door to the chance he deserves for a stable home and a bright future. Kalab has a good start. He just graduated from Honea Path Elementary, and he will be starting at Honea Path Middle School with a shining record. He made the A/B Honor Roll, had the highest grade in math and social studies and was the most improved in reading.
Megan’s future looks bright, too. With her GED, she received a scholarship for Piedmont Tech in Abbeville, and she will start classes in the fall.
“I’ve grown to realize people are out there working to touch our lives and help make them better,” Megan said. And she’s learning an extra level of responsibility and financial wisdom. She completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and started working on his “steps.” “I want to do it again!” Megan said of the course, which taught her a lot about financial security and independence.
As part of Habitat’s program, each future homeowner must complete 300 sweat-equity hours volunteering with Habitat and taking financial courses like the Dave Ramsey one.
Megan’s first volunteer experience with Habitat was in the summer of 2016 when we partnered with the Clayton King Ministries Crossroads Camp to build the walls of a home on the Anderson University campus where the camp is held. Megan loved that it was called Crossroads, reminding her of her favorite Bible verse, Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ ”
“Crossroads is my thing with the Lord,” Megan said. Right before she graduated from Miracle Hill, she had a dream. She was on a boat. The boat went into a tunnel where the water forked off in two directions. Then she heard a voice. “I really believe it was the voice of God telling me we all come to crossroads and have to choose the right path.”
So when she was invited to a Crossroads church service during the camp week, she jumped at the chance. She brought Kalab along, and he accepted Christ into his heart that night.
It’s one year later, and the campers will work alongside Megan again — this time to build the walls for Megan and Kalab’s home!
“It has been a really long journey, but in the process you’re learning how to work on stuff, meeting the people helping out,” Megan said.
Megan has one thing to say to others who feel their dreams are out of reach.
“Don’t give up before you receive your miracle because this is mine and Kalab’s miracle—having a Habitat home,” Megan said. “I’m so thankful that this is God’s will and thankful for everyone who helped make this possible. It blows my mind sometimes.”