Deanna was born in Springer, New Mexico, and raised in Cimarron, New Mexico where she grew up living with her mother, stepfather and two siblings. “Living with my mother wasn’t pleasant – in fact it was a nightmare. My mother was in a very abusive relationship with my stepfather. At the age of five I feared everything, but I had to protect my brother and sister,” says Deanna.
When Deanna was older, she left her home and moved in with her father in Albuquerque where she attended Highland High School. She was rebellious and ended up dropping out of school. Soon after, “my boyfriend and I had our first child together and we lived with his family. As the years past we got married and had a second child. He treated me well and to this day he treats me with respect. But, at the time I needed to find my own way and I decided to leave. My kids stayed with their father where they were doing well in school.”
Deanna got her own place, worked two jobs and visited her children on the weekends. “I got into a new relationship and we moved in together. Things began to change and I realized I didn’t really know him at all. Our relationship was unhealthy. I then gave birth to my third child and luckily, I found Safe House,” said Deanna. The shelter gave her and her daughter a new start.
“It was very hard, but we did it. I was blessed with being in a program called B.E.S.T, which saved my life. I learned so much about maintaining a home, keeping a job and this program taught me I didn’t need anyone else,” said Deanna. Her case worker talked with Deanna about Habitat for Humanity and so she applied. “I am honored to be participating in the Habitat program. I feel hopeful, like I have been given a second chance. I’ll have my own home and become even more successful and maybe I can help others do the same,” says Deanna.
Deanna and her youngest daughter will move into The Brew House in the Fall of 2018. During the opening ceremony Deanna started to tear up as she realized it was really happening, she was going to get her very own home. She said, “I am proud knowing I’ll be stable, not worrying about where we are going to lay our heads at night. We are so blessed.”
Be sure to support these local businesses who are helping to build The Brew House.
Bosque Brewing Company
Boxing Bear Brewing
Quarter Celtic Brew Pub
Rio Bravo Brewing Company
Steel Bender Brewyard
The Brew House is part of a 22-house project in the Mesa del Rio community. The cost to build the Brew House is estimated at $110,000 and construction on the house will begin in 2018. Your donation today of any amount will make a difference. Thank you.