Partner Families

Amber Selman

402 W Mound St., Elmwood, IL 61529


"I believe that everything happens for a reason and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together." - Marilyn Monroe


This is very true for my family.  I am sure that when I went through my struggles in the past I never would have imagined how things would be today.  I am a proud single mother of three beautiful children.  Lily and Ryan are twins and they are 11 years old, and Abbey is 13.  These kids are my world.  Every mother says that I know, but it is true!  I came from a stable home life where we had our own bedrooms and there was always enough money for what we needed and a little extra for what we wanted.  I always wanted to provide the same for my children as well.  They deserve no less.  8 years ago I was divorced from their father and found myself single, raising three kids.  I do have a lot of help and couldn't do it without that help, but this is not how I envisioned my life, that's for sure!  I knew I needed to find a way to provide the structure, safety and stability that I had when I was growing up.  I applied right away to the Habitat for Humanity housing program.  I knew that if I wanted to have a home that is good enough for my kids to grow up in I was going to have to do it a different way because I am the only income provider in my household.  I was so excited to find out that Habitat for Humanity was a great fit for us!  I did all of my steps to make it a reality and was told "not yet."  I still stayed with it because it was something I knew was worth the wait and hard work.  I reapplied a few years ago and finally God's timing was in line with my timing and my hard work was paying off. 


I am so proud to be a part of this organization and to provide for my kids the way I want to.  People may think Habitat for Humanity is a free house or a hand out - that is not the case.  This is a life-changing experience that will show my children that hard work pays off, that faith in God will get you through anything, that loving your neighbor as you love your own family is important, and that good things do happen to good people.  I am so excited to work on my own home and I have loved every minute of working on a few other homes! I could never do this all on my own and I am so grateful for all the help I have received along the way, to get my little family to where we are today.