Lesa and Ryan Bent immigrated to Ontario from Jamaica in 2008. After moving to Yorkton in December 2009, the Bents moved many times between rental units. Renting was not ideal for their active and growing family; however, during this transitional period, Lesa and Ryan never thought they would be able to own their own home. Working three jobs between the two of them was barely enough to pay rent and bills and feed their family, they sought solutions as to how they may become homeowners. The options they found were not attainable.

Lesa and Ryan were members of Cornerstone Credit Union to seek advice. The Bents learned about the HeadStart on a Home Program and the HeadStart Equity Builder ProgramTM. These sounded like a possible solution for their active family to find a home in their price range and to access down payment financing.

Lesa and Ryan found the Good Spirit bungalow duplexes were being constructed by Deneschuk Homes close to their children’s school. When they realized the units also featured the option of a basement suite, they knew it was a perfect fit. The basement would allow them to accommodate Lesa’s sister Tracy who also immigrated to Canada from Jamaica and was renting in Yorkton and expecting her first child.

For Lesa and Ryan, to be able to move into home ownership and accommodate their growing family is ideal - they were elated about moving into their new home! Their children Daniel, Dondre, and Denae were also very excited to enjoy more space to play indoors during the long winter season. Lesa and Ryan had achieved their financial goal of homeownership, they could begin saving toward their retirement and continue to save toward post-secondary education for their family.

The Bents received their mortgage financing from HeadStart Community Champion Cornerstone Credit Union. To make the move into homeownership even easier, they qualified for the City of Yorkton’s down payment assistance program, as well as the HeadStart Equity Builder ProgramTM. The Bents couldn't wait to move into their HeadStart Home just in time for Christmas! – a dream come true for their family.


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