I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana at Charity Hospital on July 16th, 1980, and for at least 3 generations my family has lived in New Orleans. I have two children – Jarvis Bernard, who is 13 years old, and Gena-Michelle Smart, who is 3 years old.
I like the jazz and food of New Orleans and have been a waitress at Muriel’s Restaurant in New Orleans for the past 10 years. I graduated from Merion Abramson High School, and for 2 years I attended Delgado Community College for a degree in nursing. But in order to care for my baby, I had to put aside my efforts to become a nurse at that time. I truly love spending time with my kids, taking them to the park, and going out to eat with them. I attend St. Jude Catholic Church in New Orleans and used to sing in the choir.
I am excited about becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in the city of my birth and of my family. Living in an apartment, I lost everything when Katrina hit and had to move to Houston, where I lived for a year. I was finally able to return to New Orleans to live with my father. That was possible because my father’s house had only suffered minimal damage from Katrina. I was also able to find another job and an apartment, allowing me to begin to start my life over in New Orleans.
I want to be a homeowner so that I will have something better for my children. I also plan to go back to nursing school and become a nurse so that I can help make other people’s lives better too.