Barabwiriza and Pamphila

Barabwiriza and Pamphila are the proud parents of seven children that have overcome so much to be where they are today. Their story starts in the African country of Burundi. This land-locked country is known for its history of violent civil wars and conflicts that have displaced hundreds of thousands of citizens. Barabwiriza and Pamphila…

Johnnie and Tiffany

Johnnie and Tiffany are the proud parents of four sons, all full of personality and energy. The oldest of the children living at home, Julius (9), is the family jokester and constantly keeps everyone entertained. Eli (3) is the most laid back of the bunch, while Ace (1) is “the boss” of the family and…

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…