Partner Families

Shatilya Rutherford

1026 NE Monroe Street


I was born and raised right here in Peoria, IL. I was adopted by my grandmother because my mom was struggling with life. I was homeless once, 7 years ago, but with the Lord’s help I have been able to keep a home for me and my 5 children since then. I have 2 girls ages 12 and 5; 3 boys age 9 and the twins are 7. My children are my world. I am a bus driver for District 150 and have been there a little over 3 years. I’m just a very humble, but blessed person taking life day-by-day. I try and follow the scripture Proverbs 3: 5-6, as it helps me get through this thing called life.


5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.


Getting a Habitat house means so much to me and my family. We have never been the first to own anything big - not a house, a car - and still to this day some of my clothes are passed down to me. It does not mean so much to us because it’s brand new, but because I been given an opportunity to OWN something I can pass to my children. We will create memories and host holidays and enjoy my family in this home. I still can’t believe it’s real and it probably won’t sink in until I am moved in. I’m so grateful for everything Habitat is doing for me and my family. They are teaching me to work on the homes and I’ve learned so many things I have never done. Even the classes we take have so much valuable information. I just love everyone I have met so far in my Habitat journey. They’re a beautiful group of people and the love is real. Again, me and my family are very grateful and blessed I appreciate everything. May GOD bless you all.