My name is Antonio Cottrell and I am 26 years old. I am a vision impaired person, but that doesn’t stop me from wanting better things out of life. I was born and raised in the Florida housing projects in the 9th ward of New Orleans. I am the oldest of three children. Growing up, I always knew I wanted a different future than the one I saw surrounding me and that was something that my parents instilled in me. They always told us to never let the present decide our future. It was hard for me to complete my way through school because of my vision, but that was a goal I set for myself to complete and I never gave up on that. When Katrina happened I felt as though things in my life would never be the same because of new surroundings and other people would not understand my struggle, but of course I was wrong. The people in Dallas, Texas were so willing to help, which was something I never thought would happen.
When I met up with people from Habitat of Humanity, it was a blessing sent from God. I never in a million would have thought that I would be able to own my home. I recently got engaged to the love of my life, which also happen to be my first love. It will be great to be able to start our future together on the right path. I would like to thank all the helpers, volunteers, workers, sponsors and so forth for helping me and people like me achieve long time goals that we may have never been able to do without your help and your program.