Meet Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga’s newest applicants, the Leonard family. Single mom Shyvon, eighteen-year-old daughter Trinity and four-year-old son Cooper need your support to help buy land and build them a fully accessible home where they can continue to live together as a family for years to come.
The Leonards currently rent a home in Milton, ON where Shyvon runs a small daycare program out of their home to ensure that her schedule can be very flexible. While the home would be the perfect home for most families, for the Leonards, the tight space and stairs make their lives more difficult.
Trinity, Shyvon’s oldest daughter, has complex special needs. Although Trinity has never been diagnosed with a specific condition, her special needs plays a part in her everyday life. Developmentally, Trinity is at the level of a 9 or 10-month-old. This means that she is non-verbal, fully incontinent and uses a wheelchair a majority of the time. She also has a seizure disorder, is blind in one eye and is prone to self-harm. She can get around sometimes by crawling and can do simple tasks like opening the fridge door, but for the most part, Trinity relies on the support and care of her mom Shyvon.
To get around the house, get Trinity to and from school and get her into and out of the bath, Shyvon has to carry Trinity, who now weighs 80 pounds. The tight doorways that don’t allow wheelchair access and multiple sets of stairs can often make this a dangerous task, especially in the colder months. As they don’t own the home, the Leonards cannot make any permanent changes to it to improve Trinity and Shyvon’s quality of life with things like adding wheelchair ramps or padding around Trinity’s room, re-configuring the bathroom to be fully accessible and easy to navigate, widening doorways or installing lifting devices to help relieve some of the carrying, etc.
After years of searching for a space that would work for their complex needs that would be affordable, Shyvon decided she needed to find some solutions to her everyday struggles and ensure her daughter Trinity will be able to live at home instead of having to move her to a full-time care facility.
Shyvon applied to Habitat for Humanity Halton-Mississauga and was accepted to the homeownership program. “It was very surreal,” she recalls. “All of a sudden, I just stopped being scared about my future. I was like, oh my God, we’ll have a home. It’ll be ours. We don’t ever have to worry about Trinity not being able to be at home. Cooper will have a future, like I’ll be able to put money away for his schooling. I won’t be living paycheque to paycheque.”
The Leonard family’s journey with Habitat is just getting started, so we need your help to raise the funds to buy land and build the Leonard family a fully accessible, affordable home that will continue to meet their needs for years to come. Your support through the Run for Rosé will help us support this home build project and help us change the lives of Shyvon, Trinity and Cooper forever.