Jata and her husband Samuel, with their five children, Mirnophta, 23; Manoucheka, 21; Fanuel, 13; Samantha, 12; and Kinsly, 8, have partnered with St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity to build their home and achieve their American Dream.
The Moise family has an overwhelming amount of anxiety at home, because they live in a constant state of fear for their safety. From drive-by shootings and fights in the neighborhood, to unwanted knocks at the front door, Jata and Samuel are always looking over their shoulder for the safety of their children's lives. This unsafe environment disrupts the children from their studies and limits their outside leisure activities. The safety and stability of home life is of the greatest concern to the Moise Family.
In order to support his family, Samuel had to leave Haiti, due to the lack of opportunity and upward mobility. Then after the passing of Jata’s parents, Jata was forced to make the same, extremely difficult decision. In hopes of making a better life for their family, Samuel and Jata left their two daughters and other loved ones behind. They decided to move to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream. However, living in the States has been difficult too - there is a language barrier, unsafe neighborhoods, and poor housing conditions. Jata has worked as a housekeeper at the Marriot Hotel for over fourteen years, yet, she still struggles to make ends meet. She said, “It is depressing knowing that financially, I am unable to provide the most important thing that my children need to survive.” Despite the hardship and distance, about ten years later, Jata and Samuel happily reunited with their oldest daughters, Mirnophta and Manoucheka. Today, the entire Moise family looks forward to their Habitat home and their American Dream.
“I am overjoyed to know that St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity helps families like me who desperately need help. I can now say that I am living with the hope, that one day, my children will live in a safe place. It has always been my goal to provide a good and safe environment to live with my five children. I am extremely happy that St. Lucie Habitat for Humanity has taken the initiative to help that dream become a reality.”
–Jata Moise, Habitat Homeowner in Process