"When Habitat comes to put a smile - not just the moms and the dads, but the kids, that’s what really does so much for me. When my kids were told that they were going to have their own bedroom, I know what joy that did to them."
Veronica Kalaheua was born in Shelby, Mississippi on August 29, 1974, but grew up in Clarksdale along with her siblings. After finishing high school, Kalaheua worked various jobs to support her family. She met her husband at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in 2004, and they got married in two years later. Veronica applied for a Habitat home a few times, but lost confidence in her ability to get one, before one of her friends convinced her to apply one more time, and she was finally approved. She and her family still reside in that home, happy to live in a better neighborhood, and have become affiliated with other organizations such as Spring in order to further help the community.