TMC congratulates 12th employee as future Habitat for Humanity homeowner

crystalCrystal Evans thought she was coming in to work Monday morning solely for her annual performance review.

The review was positive – but more good news was in store for the patient care technician, who joined TMC in 2014.

She was selected to purchase one of six new houses being raised in the Copper Vista II neighborhood through a long-standing partnership between the TMC Foundation and Habitat for Humanity Tucson, which began in 2005.

The previous 11 TMC employees selected for the program all continue to work at TMC.

Evans, a Tucson native who was born at TMC and works in the 16-bed TMC Geropsychiatric Center, said she was humbled and shocked by the honor. As a single mother of two girls – one in college and one in high school – Evans said homeownership has been a top priority that has had to wait as she worked to stretch finances and deal with losses in the family, including the passing of her grandmother, who raised her.

img_0560-2“This is something I’ve wanted for a long time, but it was always just out of reach,” Evans said. “I’m so excited now to be able to move forward. This is a dream come true.”

Although TMC volunteers will be on hand to help raise the walls on the home, located near Drexel Road and Park Avenue, the process in its entirety takes about nine months.

Evans said she’s ready for the work coming her way. Habitat homeowners must complete a minimum of 250 hours of “sweat equity,” participate in homeownership education classes, and ultimately, will pay a monthly mortgage, property taxes and insurance. Habitat homes are more affordable, thanks to a 0 percent interest mortgage.

“Homeownership is an investment in our community, which is why we’ve appreciated the partnership with Habitat,” said Donna Morton, development director at the Foundation.  “And from a more personal viewpoint, Crystal is the kind of employee who represents us well and we’re just excited to be able to invest in her future.”

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