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…

Govani and Htoo Say Naw - Homeownership / Success Stories

Govani & Htoo’s family

Govani and Htoo Govani Ko and Htoo Say Naw live with their son, Law Eah. Govani and Naw found out about Knoxville Habitat for Humanity through the Burmese Christian Church and Bridge Refugee Services. Govani is employed with Goodwill Industries. Both Govani and his wife have been very active in the Habitat program as they…

Simon and Ester Nai Pai Hem - Homeownership / Success Stories

Simon and Ester Nai Pai Hem

Simon and Ester Simon Htang and Ester Nai Pai Hem live with their two children, Augustine and Cecilia. They have lived in Knoxville for over three years. Simon has experienced some health issues that require dialysis equipment, and their current living space is too cramped to comfortably hold these crucial materials. Despite his health, Simon…

Kendra and her family

Kendra tears up when she begins explaining why having a home of her own is important. “To have not just a house, but a home, and it will be mine! My kids have seen me struggle to keep a roof over their heads. I applied to Habitat for them, and I stuck with it for…

Layee Kromah - Homeownership / Success Stories

Layee and his family

Layee lives in a small apartment with his mother, Fanta, and two sisters, Sita and Marcher. Layee supports his family by working as an agent for a rehabilitation facilities group, and both of his sisters are in school – one is in high school and involved with track, while the other is in her first…

Allison and her family

Every family needs a home where they can feel comfortable and secure. Marie Walker knew that she needed a better home for her four daughters Krista (11), McKenzie (9), Kaylee (5), and Makaelyn (4). Marie and her daughters currently live with her friend because the condition of the house they were renting previously became impossible…