The Bring It Home Single Moms Foundation is still in its early stages, but Eagles Asante Samuel is committed to helping single moms in a big way. The foundation’s purpose is to provide low-income single mothers with the opportunity to own their own homes.
“Growing up Samuel didn’t have the easiest childhood,” said Randi Berger executive director of Bring It Home Single Moms Foundation. “He was raised by a single mom who was struggling with five children, not all of them hers. They never had enough money to pay their rent and were forced to move around all the time.”
The foundation partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami to build their first home earlier this year.
“The building of this first home, as well as the creation of the foundation is a tribute to my mother, Christine,” said Asante Samuel. “Our aim to provide homes for single mothers who faced similar challenges as the ones she had.”
Nicole Duke, along with her son Ni’cah, one month old and daughter Ni’yana, five years old, were the recipients of the new home. “My daughter and I were excited because we would own a nice, clean home,” Duke said. “My daughter and son will have their own room, something I never had as a child since I lived with my grandmother and grandfather plus other siblings.”
“We are honored that Asante has chosen to partner with Habitat,” said Habitat for Humanity CEO Mario Artecona, “Asante is drawing from his own experience to help the lives of others in the community.” Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami has built over 800 homes already to help low-income families in need of a place to live.
Samuel created the foundation in February and is initially focused on the Miami area but plans to expand to the Philadelphia and then nationally.
Bring It Home Single Moms will be holding a fundraising event in Miami on July 7.