Homeownership is a big part of The American Dream. At Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, we are a proud partner with individuals and families who are living in substandard housing conditions who want a safe and comfortable place to call home.
When a family achieves homeownership through Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, they experience the positive impact that achieving safe and secure housing provides. One of the many life-changing outcomes our family partners can gain through the program is the increased ability for parents to provide stability for their children.
Yalanda is a hard-working single mother that comes from a very close-knit and loving family. With her daughter Yalana, Yalanda has been living with her parents and brother in the East Knoxville home where she was raised.
For family partners of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity, the American Dream is a life-changing journey. Michael’s story began in Burundi, and through determination, hard work and faith he and his family are transforming their dreams of American homeownership into a reality.
Tateanna and Tim make a great team. They have just celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, and they are also preparing to build their new house with the help of Knoxville Habitat for Humanity.
It is a new beginning for newlyweds Rhonda and Fred. Their love story starts a new chapter in each of their lives. They have merged their sweet families, and while Rhonda’s three children are grown, together they are raising her 5 year old grandson and Fred’s two young boys, ages 11 and 12.
Donna is the proud mother of three. Sons Jonathan, 18, and Josh, 15, live at home. Daughter Jonisha, 24, is also building a buying a house with Knoxville Habitat for Humanity and will live next door to her mother’s new house.
Jonisha embraces the responsibilities of adulthood and has high expectations for her future.
At 24, she is buying her own house. “I want a place that I can grow into and start a family.” She is inspired by her own family. Her mom raised her and her two brothers by herself. While they always had what they needed, Jonisha clarifies that that differs from having everything you want. “I learned how to prioritize.”
Dia and her daughter received the mortgage coupons and the keys to their new home built in partnership with the Church of the Good Samaritan and Sword & Shield! Dia is an independent, young single mother. While she is on her own, she is grateful for her strong support system. She loves her hometown of Knoxville and built her house near her parents’ house, where she grew up, just down the road from her grandmother’s house, and around the corner from her brother.
Stephanie is ready for the responsibility of being a homeowner.
She currently shares a home with her two children, Alex and Brandon, her mother, and her cousin Chantel, who her mother accepted guardianship of when she was a little girl. Stephanie realizes the need for space now that her children are 19 and 22 and Chantel is 15.