Temeka

Temeka is a model tenant and pays her rent on-time each month for the one-bedroom duplex. She lives in one of the few rental properties that she could comfortably afford in the Knoxville area. But despite her exceptional payment history and full-time job, she lives in conditions that are far less than safe. Her last…

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Diane

Diane is an inspirational woman who embodies strength and love. While going through medical challenges that would require three different brain surgeries, she opened both her home and her heart to her aging mother, who needed care, and her son’s best friend after he recently lost his own mother and needed a place to live.…

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Ray

Ray has worked hard his entire life to get to where he is now. His family struggled financially his whole childhood and could never “get ahead” no matter how hard they tried. He grew up in a one-bedroom rental (that had a lot of maintenance issues and poor insulation) with his parents and brother. Even…

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Norma

Even a mask cannot hide Norma’s joy when thinking about how she is building and purchasing a safe and affordable home. Her eyes light up as she talks about her new home and how it will change the lives of her husband and children. Norma, along with her husband Samuel and their three children Samuel…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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