family and current housing
Like many of our Partner Families, Rick Dingman applied to the Habitat homeownership program hoping to secure safe, stable, and affordable housing for his family. The Dingman family currently lives in an old pizza shop that was converted into two apartments. Their unit only has one entrance/exit and no access from their apartment to the basement which is meant to be a shared storage space and houses the utilities for the entire building. This poses a problem because, when the building was split into two apartments, the electric was poorly rewired and now their entire apartment except the kitchen runs on the same fuse which frequently overloads it. Whenever the fuse blows, Rick has to hope their neighbor is home to let them into the basement to flip the breaker. The furnace installed during the splitting of the apartments is not strong enough to keep up; therefor the upstairs bedroom area gets very cold. The apartment also only has three bedrooms, so the three boys share a crowded room. The bathroom flooring is damaged from previous plumbing leaks around the toilet and tub. Other than the old pizza shop parking lot, the building really has no green outdoor space which Rick would like to have for his children to enjoy. Fourteen year old Adaera is the oldest Dingman child and likes art and singing. Her eleven year old twin brothers Dorian and Makail are avid baseball players, and ten year old Nemiah likes animals. Together the family enjoys video games, family movie night, and kayaking.
a bright future
Like all of our Partner Families, Rick is working hard to provide this housing opportunity to his family. Throughout his time in the Habitat program, Rick has and continues to invest numerous hours of sweat equity on worksites, at ReStore, and in House2Home education classes. His dedicated work ethic has made Rick a valuable asset on the various Habitat worksites, and he eagerly looks forward to the day construction begins on his future home. Along with completing Habitat requirements and raising his children, Rick works hard to financially provide for his family as a floor leader at his job at a local mechanic and tire dealership. Soon, all his hard work will pay off and the Dingman family will have a safe, decent, affordable home of their own! When asked what he looks forward to most about being a homeowner, Rick responded, "I am looking forward to the house being ours and being able to give my children enough room for all of us to live comfortably. Owning my own home will make a huge difference in all our lives because we will have something to show for our efforts."