Photo by Nicodemus Photography

Photo by Nicodemus Photography

Erica Nelson was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and moved to Cleveland with her mother when she was seven years old. 

Having lived in Bradley County for 33 years she calls Cleveland her home and currently works at Bayer where she works in the skin and foot care line.

Her dream job is to work in the health care field. She loves caring for older adults or helping anyone in general.

Erica is a single mother and proud of her daughters. Nataziona is 15 and strives to be great at all she does. She loves the Lord, enjoys taking pictures and is active in the Renaissance Show Choir at Cleveland High School.

Tatyana is 14 and also attends Cleveland High. She is very outgoing, has a BIG heart and continually looks for ways to help others. She's an honor student and a great athlete who plays volleyball for the school team. For fun, Erica and her girls like to play board games, shop, put on makeup and give each other manicures and pedicures.

Erica learned about Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland when she asked a friend about the program eight years ago. She didn't think she could apply for a home. For years she would ride up and down Ocoee Street and dream of a place to call home.

Erica’s apartment living conditions have become overcrowded with her two teenagers sharing a room. They've experienced flooding from the water heater bursting. Multiple appliances have repeatedly broken, and they experience consistent challenges with repairs. Her daughters have asked if they could have their own home, and over the years Erica has responded by saying she was working very hard to make that happen. She decided to apply and was accepted into the Habitat program.

Sweat equity hours are important to Erica, because it gives future homeowners the chance to work for what they really want. She enjoys working her hours and knows she is doing this for her girls. Erica says, "My family and I are so blessed, and I give all the praise to God for this opportunity. None of this would be possible without Him."