The week before Christmas, through the unified efforts of area churches partnering with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity and other regional service organizations, a new home came to life. And a family settled into their new house.

At ceremonies and celebrations held in Mooresville, and featuring representatives from seven north Mecklenburg hurches who helped make the project a reality, Our Towns Habitat dedicated its final 2018 home to Akisha Trapp and her two daughters, Tylia, 14, and Breanna, 11.

The local congregations came together to participate in the Faith Coalition Build, partnering to sponsoring the building project and provide teams of volunteers. Faith institutions taking part in the program included Elevation Church, Grace Covenant Church, Mt. Zion United Methodist, Life Fellowship, St. Albans Episcopal Church, Radiant Life Fellowship Church and Community in Christ Church.

The Davidson College Habitat for Humanity College Chapter and the Housing Opportunity Foundation also joined the effort.

Partnering with Our Towns Habitat while working full time as a nursing assistant, Akisha Trapp completed the required 400 “sweat equity” hours as a participant in Habitat projects while also documenting the build with photos along the way.

Looking to provide safer living conditions for her family, Trapp said she wanted to buy her own home as an example to her daughters that even as a single mom, you can still accomplish your goals.

“I wanted to show my two girls that, whether you’re married or not, you can do it on your own,” she said. “I’m teaching them to walk by faith and not by sight. I’m showing them how to stand on their own two feet.

“This is where we’re going to cry our tears, share our happy times, share family time and grow together,” she added.

Our Towns Habitat

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in north Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. To learn more, visit


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