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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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