Being a single parent is hard, but when you also have high functioning Asperger’s and a heart for taking care of others, your plate is extra full.
With two biological children–one of whom has high functioning Autism–an adopted child who was born addicted to heroin and caring for a fourth child with low-functioning non-verbal Autism Rebecca is that struggling single parent living day to day, doing the best she can with what she has.
Rebecca came to us seeking help in replacing her roof. After several visits, Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County staff determined other crucial repairs and improvements throughout her home. Each of these issues are imperative to address, as they pose a health and/or hazard risk to Rebecca and her children. Because of the condition of the house, the family has been forced to temporarily relocate. Leaving behind the familiarity of home is a difficult experience for any child, but for a child with disabilities it can be especially traumatic.
Having met Rebecca and her family, Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County staff were immediately struck by her dedication to her children. The children’s interests range from dancing to dinosaurs, and Rebecca encourages them all. She dedicates the whole of her life to helping them build best future possible for themselves. Rebecca is attending Wor-Wic Community college, studying to fulfill her dream of working with children with Autism. Her driving desire is to support her family, and to touch as many lives as possible. Helping others is in Rebecca’s blood. Currently, the cost of her house’s repairs are an insurmountable obstacle for Rebecca. But, with support for the woman who helps so many, her dreams for her family’s future and their home can be made real and whole again.