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meet the Connell family

Habitat for Humanity | Lafayette, IN

Jennifer and Son Jaymeson

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

Psalm 127:1


J ennifer Connell is a single mother with a ten-year-old son whose name is Jaymeson. Jennifer grew up in Burnettsville and graduated from Twin Lakes High School, where she was in 4H and played softball prior to attending Vincennes University. From Vincennes, Jennifer transferred to Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette and studied in the medical assistance and phlebotomy curriculum before becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). Currently Jennifer works at Wabash National Corporation and works the night shift in order to take Jaymeson to school each morning and to attend his various after school activities.

Jennifer delights in being outside with her son and family. Together, the supportive, extended family makes an annual trip to the Indiana Dunes. Jennifer has a special interest in photography and videotapes some of Jaymeson’s sporting activities. Driving Jaymeson to his many activities keeps Jennifer busy. An aunt helps with overnight care. Jaymeson says his mom works hard and still finds time to play catch with him, but “she can’t catch his fastball.” He also says his mom is a good cook, particularly when she makes “chili and spaghetti.”

Jaymeson is in fourth grade at Edgelea School. He is an articulate, friendly boy whose numerous activities include being a licensed hunter and playing sports, including being on several travel teams. After school, Jaymeson goes to the Boys and Girls Club where he does homework, helps run tournaments, and plays numerous sports, like dodgeball and “Gaga.” Like his mom, Jaymeson is involved in 4H in White County, except Jaymeson opts for shooting sports like archery and tomahawk tossing.

Jennifer has started her sweat equity and her Habitat classes begin in October. Jennifer and Jaymeson are very excited about having a Habitat home that will provide safe surroundings, an investment in the future, and room for their dog and cat.

Jennifer works the night shift in order to take Jaymeson to school each morning and to attend his various after school activities.