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Shade is a single mother to an incredibly sweet and active little old boy. When she applied to become a Habitat home owner they were  living in a one bedroom house, which was a fine place to raise her son when he was a baby, but now that he’s getting older Shade was ready to find a place they could call home.

Habitat for Humanity homeowner Shade with her son
Shade with her son

“I want him to have a house to grow up in and something we can call our own. I want to be someone my son can look up to. I want him and I to have the same relationship as my father and I do,” said Shade.

Her father was a single parent too, raising both Shade and her brother. “I remember my father running me from school to singing lessons then basketball practice and off to dance rehearsal. My father always encouraged and supported me in every aspect of my life. If I didn’t have him in my corner, I don’t know what I would have done. Thanks to him, I have accomplished so much at such a young age and for that I am forever grateful,” said Shade.

Shade is a certified pharmacy technician, is certified in office administration and has a CDA in youth development. “I feel that acquiring a Habitat for Humanity house is the first step in setting a solid foundation for my son and I. I hope to provide my son with the life he deserves.”

We were so excited to welcome Shade and Kai home to the Mesa del Rio neighborhood on November 11, 2017.

Habitat homeowner Shade during the opening ceremony
Joan Costello, GAHH Executive Director, Shade Bryant, new homeowner and her father Leo Bryant during the opening ceremony on March 11, 2017


Habitat Homeowner Shade in front of a home on the Mesa del Rio Construction site
Shade, new Habitat Homeowner, working hard during a build day at the Mesa del Rio construction site.