During this week of giving thanks, we spotlight Angelle Caffery, the first person to benefit from YRNO’s Project HOMEwork initiative back in 2010. Three years later, the art teacher at St. Mary’s Dominican High School couldn’t be more grateful. We contacted her recently for an update on how she’s doing, and here’s what she wrote back…

YRNO has made an incredible impact on my life. At the time I moved in I could not find housing that I could afford for myself and my daughter. It was through the generosity of Bob Whitman, Jean and Irvin Barousse, Mary Shoemaker, William Stoudt, as well as the numerous volunteers working with YRNO that made my dreams of home ownership a reality.

If I had not bought a house through YRNO, I would either be living in an apartment or with my parents. What was given to me was not just a house, but a HOME for me and my daughter.

The opportunity to live in a nice neighborhood has relieved a major stressor in my life, which helps me be a more effective teacher. It allows me to be “present” with my students. Most importantly, finding affordable housing has allowed me to continue my vocation as a Catholic school teacher.

I am presently teaching Fine Arts Survey for freshmen and Art 1 for sophomores and juniors at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. My house is close to my new job too!

Since moving into my new home, I have met many new neighbors. We have our own little community here. My property value is sky-rocketing and new construction is happening all around our little neighborhood.

I can not thank YRNO enough. I think often of all the kind, generous and dedicated people who helped my dream of home ownership become a reality. It’s a gift I can not even imagine how to repay!

Sincere thanks for all who help serve YRNO!