October 5, 2023
Habitat for Humanity Williamson-Maury is excited to welcome Keona and her son, Jaxston (3), into the Homeownership Program!
Keona was born and raised in Columbia, TN by her single mother in a multi-generational home. Throughout her middle and high school years, she was surrounded by her grandmother, cousins, and other family members in their home. Family is one of the most important things to Keona, but supporting family did not come without struggle. She never had her own room, and her mother had to take on multiple jobs, which made it hard for them to spend quality time together.
Keona is determined to give Jaxston a stable, safe, and permanent home. She said, “As a single mother of a young son, not only am I doing this for me, but I’m also doing it for him.”
For the past 6 years, Keona has been employed by Ryder Logistics as a team lead. In her free time, she is active with the youth program at White Springs Missionary Baptist Church. She loves to bake, try new recipes, and is looking forward to starting a garden at her future home.
Jaxston loves to play outside, especially in the water. You can find them at the pool most days during the summer. He’s also learning how to ride a bike! Keona describes him as a “sour patch kid” who always keeps her on her toes.
Starting a new chapter, Keona is excited for her future as a homeowner and for the memories she will create with Jaxston. This opportunity will give her the stability she needs to reach her career goals. She hopes to open a daycare one day and has been working hard on getting education certifications when she has the time.
She said, “Those who have helped me in this process are Heaven-sent. They are an example that God is here and still answering prayers. I pray that one day I can pay it forward.”
We are so happy for the Watkins Family!