Lorraine Mitchell Is Habitat For Humanity's Newest Homeowner


Last updated 3/3/2021 at 4:36pm

Lorraine Mitchell

Even though Lorraine Mitchell's 20-year mortgage took a little longer due to some financial challenges along the way, she recently made her last payment and now owns her home. Because Habitat for Humanity carries each mortgage, when obstacles arose, Mitchell had the ability to work with Habitat and eventually fulfill her commitment. Construction was completed in 1998 and Mitchell moved into a completely new and accessible home.

Because of an accident, which took both of Mitchell's legs, her house has features to accommodate an individual in a wheelchair. Special attention was given to kitchen cabinetry, hardware and pull-out shelving. Her bathroom has a roll-in shower without a curb, and all doorways allow the passage of a wheelchair. A ramp to the front porch allows Mitchell to enter her home easily and safely. She says she loves her house and calls it her haven.

Mitchell also gives full credit to Transylvania Habitat for building her home in a way that allows her to live independently, a life-changing blessing.

Mitchell moved to North Carolina from Florida when she was 10 years old. She has two sisters, one here in Brevard and one in Florida. She has worked for more than 30 years and still works every day in the long-term health care business. She currently is the director of Life Enrichment Services at Universal Healthcare in Fletcher.

She learned about Habitat homes from a co-worker when she worked at the Brian Center, now Accordius Health, in Brevard. She met with then Habitat president, Dan White, and others when Habitat was headquartered in the First Baptist Church in Brevard. She qualified, fulfilled her due diligence and soon was in her new home. Her experience through the process was memorable. She still recalls her "sponsor," Fran Hudson, who guided her through the new home ownership responsibilities.

Mitchell qualified for the Miss Wheelchair America Pageant a few years ago. During the oral part of her competition, she gave credit to Habitat for Humanity for their work building homes for lower income families and specifically for her own home in Brevard. She did not win the title, but she was selected Miss Congeniality.

Transylvania Habitat strives to provide home ownership for families who might not qualify for conventional bank loans and will always support those families who are willing to do their part toward that goal.


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