My name is Lila Ellsworth. I lived in New Orleans, LA most of my life and I am the daughter of the late, Hubert and Lillie Ellsworth. I am one of 16 siblings. I am also the mother of the late Herman and Hermania Ellsworth. I have one child living, Marshall Ellsworth, who is away in the Navy. In July 2009, I lost my mother to cancer. In June 2010, my daughter was killed. The next week I lost my father to cancer and in March 2013, my son was killed. I am the grandmother of nine children: Herman, Zion, Maurice, Mauriconna, Da’Jah, Marshall, Anaiah, Charles, and Hermaris. It is court ordered for them to visit with me every other weekend, during the summer season and during Christmas.
I attended Walter Lewis Cohen and continued on to Delta College. I have been employed by St. Charles Parish School Board as a school bus driver for a long time. I do enjoy my job. I am also a member of Household of Faith International Church, where I am an usher and volunteer feeding the homeless. I was very fortunate when a representative from Habitat for Humanity in the New Orleans Area visited our church and spoke about their First Time Hombuyer’s Program. Soon after, I made my first appointment and found out I had some homework to do (clean my credit) and listened to the Case Manager carefully. It took several months before I returned to NOAHH to try the second time and I was approved. I am now a “happy partner family” with this wonderful organization who is giving me the opportunity to own my home. My grandchildren will also be very happy