Over the next 6 months or so, we are teaming up to support Coastal Habitat for Humanity to give this beautiful mom of 4 young girls a forever home.

Yesterday in Asbury Park we had a chance to meet Syeda, a nursing student at Neptune Vocational and the mother of four daughters ages 11,9,8, and 3.

(Syeda, Photo by Liz Jeressi)

Syeda grew up in Neptune, spent a couple of years down south, then moved to Asbury near her grandma. But being in a less-than-ideal and, at times, dangerous neighborhood has taken a toll and so her grandmother encouraged her to apply for a home through Coastal Habitat for Humanity.

Now her dream is coming true. And Syeda (which translates to "Happy"... sweet) will be there every step of the way donating her own time to help build her own home. James Maffia is the construction manager for Coastal Habitat and will be running the build and assigning the volunteer to do what it takes to get this home finished.

Syeda will graduate nursing school in June and has a wonderful, lifelong career ahead of her. You see, Syeda loves to heal people and is currently working with the elderly. And she loves her beautiful children and her grandma. This couldn't happen to a better person and we are so happy and blessed to be a part of her journey. And her kids are thrilled to be getting a real home!

(The Coastal Habitat volunteers have the basement dug out so far...but many volunteers will be needed throughout the process. Photo by Liz Jeressi)

Meet Syeda for yourself in this video, and stay tuned as we continue to bring you stories about the build and offer you and your groups ways to volunteer.

After all, there are times where all we do is collect money for a charity and never see where it actually goes. This is a concrete (no pun intended) way to see your good deeds in action and a great learning experience to see how a home is built, too!

I am looking forward to meeting Syeda's 4 girls. In the meantime, keep up the good work, Syeda, of being a mom and becoming a nurse!!!!!

(Photo courtesy of Kim Sambade)

If you have ever thought of volunteering to help Habitat for Humanity and see someone in need get a home built, CLICK HERE!