Great family success stories.

Norman and Samantha

Norman and his wife, Samantha, could not be more excited to build and purchase their own Habitat home. They look forward to moving in their future home along with their four children, Montasia (17), Maliyah (12), Rico (9) and Trey (4). Currently, the family lives in a two-bedroom rental house. Aside from being cramped in…

Ravese and her daughter

Ravese and her daughter, Ga’Dejah (6), are so excited to be building their very own home. Even though Ravese works for the state of Tennessee in an administrative role, she does not qualify for a conventional mortgage. She has dedicated a lot of time to working through the Knoxville Habitat for Humanity Homeowner Education program,…

Shawn and her family

Shawn is a busy mom and grandmother that loves and cares for her family and community. Working at the same manufacturing plant for 13 years, Shawn is a loyal employee to her company and loves talking about her job. She’s also passionate about community activism and often spends her time away from work making a…

Patty and her family

Patty, her daughter, Jasmine and grandson, Amir (2) are taking a huge step towards a safe and stable future. They will soon achieve the strength and independence that comes with affordable homeownership. Over the past 29 years, Patty has worked as a cosmetologist. She has even worked at the same salon for 16 years. Despite…

Teresa

Teresa is a grandmother that loves spending time and making memories with her family. In fact, she cares for five of her eight grandchildren every weekend. And soon, she will build and purchase a safe and permanent home where she’ll find stability, save money and experience more joy, peace and happiness. And her grandchildren will…

Koresa and her family

Koresa is a confident mom, businesswoman and overcomer who has worked hard to get where she is in life. Now, she is ready to take the next step in establishing self-reliance by building a new home with the help of other strong women and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity. Growing up in an unstable home has…

Minani, Manirakiza and their family

Minani, Manirakiza and their family Minani works in housekeeping, and mom Manirakiza works in manufacturing to support their seven kids. Originally from Burundi, Minani and Manirakiza spent the majority of their lives fleeing the dangers of war and conflict and seeking safety in refugee camps to protect their family. During those fearful years, a peaceful…

Tasha and her family

Tasha and her daughter, Ty’jhaya (11), are taking a huge step towards a safe and stable future. They will soon achieve the strength and independence that comes with affordable homeownership. For the past 5 years, Tasha has worked as a shift leader in foodservice. Despite her experience, she is not able to afford a conventional…

Omari, Chantel and their family

Omari, Chantel and their family Omari and Chantel’s close-knit family of nine has sacrificed and worked so hard for a better life. Their children, ranging in age from 3 to 19, constantly help their parents with chores, translations or anything else their family needs. The family was forced to flee their home country of Burundi…

Marcel, Natalia and their family

Growing up in Moldova, a small country between Ukraine and Romania, Marcel and Natalia had a hard start in life, but they haven’t let that stop them from enjoying their life now. Natalia was raised in a Christian household but lived in a communist country. Her parents were afraid to take her to church as…