Future Homeowners Nathan and Brittany

Arvada natives have worked hard to build stability for their kids.

For first-time homeowners Nathan and Brittany, buying a four-bedroom home with Habitat Metro Denver is a major landmark that has come after many years of hard work.

“This whole opportunity is so amazing,’’ shares Nathan. “It will be more responsibility, but it is a big milestone for us.”

Nathan, Brittany, their son, 9, and daughter, 6, have lived for five years in a two-bedroom transitional home provided by BeyondHome, a nonprofit, community-supported program that provides temporary housing and resources to help families move from poverty to prosperity. The program helped Brittany, who is a
residential house cleaner, get a high school diploma, and also helped Nathan get a GED. BeyondHome referred the couple to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, and they were accepted into the homeownership program. Nathan is an operator at a sheet metal warehouse. They both grew up in Arvada.

The couple started their Habitat sweat equity hours in a snowstorm, moving landscape rocks at Habitat Metro Denver’s Miller Homes Community. They embraced the challenge – and the weather – as they worked on the community where they would soon move in.

“I’m used to a lot of hard work, and I have a lot of knowledge that I can share,” shares Nathan. “I’m a quick learner and I know how to make myself useful.’’ Adds Brittany: “I like projects and just tell me what to do and I’ll do it!”

During the Habitat homeownership process, the couple also took classes on managing money, using credit, home insurance, home maintenance and being a good neighbor. “The classes definitely help you brush up on things like banking and monitoring your credit,” shares Nathan. “We’ll have a mortgage for the first time and we’re going to have to figure out how to balance out our expenses.”

“Owning a home is a big deal. I feel so blessed that we can buy a house!” says Nathan

“Going into the program, we had no credit rating because we’ve never had a credit card. But we are really excited about this opportunity,” shares Brittany. “There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with owning a home.”

Brittany and Nathan’s son and daughter are excited about their new home, especially having their own rooms for the first time. They are also looking forward to having a back yard and adopting a cat.

“Our children are learning it takes hard work to fulfill your goals,” shares Nathan. “Owning a home is a big deal. I feel so blessed that we can buy a house!”