Gloria and her family

Gloria is a driven single mother that is devoted to her family. She works two jobs to help support her daughter, TiShayla, and 14-month old cousin, Kenira. They enjoy eating dinner as a family and taking trips to local parks. Education is extremely important in Gloria’s household. She has worked for 19 years as a…

Monica and her family

Monica prides herself on being a mother above all else. She says, “As a mom my job never ends, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.” Her two children, Elijah (8) and Vanesha (17), could not be more excited about the idea of living in their own home. While Elijah and Vanesha have lived…

Alneshia and her family

Alneshia is a devoted mother of two boys, Jadarius (17) and Adrian (7). After hearing about Knoxville Habitat for Humanity from a friend, she quickly decided that this would be the perfect opportunity for her to provide a brighter future for her sons. Having a home “to take care of and appreciate” will mean the…

Candida and her family

Candida’s close-knit family of seven has a great attitude towards life, despite a past of incredible hardships. After fleeing their home country of Burundi due to wars and constant danger, they were relocated to a refugee camp in Tanzania. The family suffered from housing insecurity all their lives, until they were granted asylum in the…

Tiarra and her family

Tiarra is a full-time Certified Nursing Assistant and single mother raising eleven-year-old Donnaisha and seven-year-old Reianna. Little Reianna is a tomboy that is interested in running track, while Donnaisha is a “girly-girl” that loves cute clothes, painting her nails and hanging out with friends. Tiarra is working hard to be able to build a home…

Ireen

Ireen is a dedicated, strong and intelligent woman with a positive outlook and contagious smile. Behind her warm personality lies a past filled with unthinkable hardships … but after suffering from housing insecurity her entire life, Ireen will finally have a home of her own. Ireen’s parents, originally from the African country of Burundi, were…

2018 Women Build: Deonna and her family

Deonna is a hardworking mother with a warm and friendly personality. She cares for two adult daughters with special needs and a teenage son.   Deonna’s daughters, Shaonna and Bria, are involved with Miss Shining Star, a local pageant for special needs ladies that honors their gifts and talents. 23-year-old Shaonna loves to sing in…

Tyra and her family

Although she has spent her life working hard and caring for her family, Tyra never thought she would be able to afford a home. But her point-of-view changed when a coworker told her about Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Tyra has been employed with a large retailer since 2010, where she has worked as an associate…

Miss and her family

Miss has spent her life caring for others. As a Certified Nursing Assistant, she works seven days a week: both as a full time CNA at a local nursing home plus independently as a home health caregiver. At home, she takes care of her little sister, Cleopatra and 8-year-old cousin, Derion. Miss is also a…