Sue is a life-long resident of Mt. Washington Valley except for the four years she attended Harding University in Arkansas where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.
There was never any doubt about returning to the Valley – this was home. But there wasn’t a large demand for a marketing degree in an area dominated by the hospitality business, and at a time when the economy was soft. While she fortunately didn’t have difficulty finding good employment, it still did not allow her to purchase an affordable and secure home on a single income. Like the Red Sox eighty-six year World Series drought, this was an “Impossible Dream”.
She recalls one incident that made her more determined than ever to do something about her situation. She had answered a rental ad for a two-bedroom apartment. During the discussion with the landlord she mentioned that she was a single mother. Suddenly the apartment was no longer available! “That did it,” she said, “I’m simply not going to stand by – I will show them I can make it!”
It turns out that a close friend, Melanie Gove told Sue about her own good fortune having been chosen for one of the homes in the North Road condominium complex – why didn’t she apply? By her own admission, Sue was hesitant – this represented a big jump. However, once she thought through the fact that her mortgage payment would be far less than what she was paying for rent, that her daughter Alexa would be in a safe and stable environment, that Alexa would be going to the same school and living next to her friends, Sue decided to take the leap and apply with Habitat.
She met the financial requirements, certainly was a resident for a year or more, had no problem agreeing to the requirement to partner with Habitat, and definitely had a demonstrable need, but there would be competition. After a long agonizing wait, her “Impossible Dream” came true.
Selectees must put in 300 sweat equity hours, participating with the construction process, a third of which can be donated by friends and family. Her father, Ken Fecteau, well known and respected plumber in the area, has contributed greatly, as has her mother, Linda who has provided numerous meals for the construction site volunteers. It is obvious that Sue is well liked and respected from the number of friends who have also showed up to help. As Sue said, “I am very fortunate and look forward to when I can give back!”