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.
Tabitha is a hardworking administrative assistant and mother to three adorable boys: Ja’Ques (age 6), Kamaurie (age 5) and Kajuan (age 3).
Tabitha’s sons love basketball, football, and reading books with their mom. They also love to go to their grandparents house because they can play outside in a yard … something they have never been able to do in their own home.
Although Melody McAllister has experienced tragedy and heartbreak over the past year, she is looking forward to a new beginning as a homeowner.
Raising her children in rental homes and now living in a two-bedroom apartment, she has never owned her own home. She is currently raising one of her nine grandchildren, nine year-old Domisha.
Jean Claude and Kari’s story is one of determination, hard work and never giving up. This couple began their life together in their home country of Burundi, an area located in Africa and bordered by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The country has a deep history of numerous conflicts that left Burundi undeveloped with one of the world’s poorest populations. The country’s citizens face corruption, poor access to health and education services, and hunger.
Nikecia is the mother of three daughters (Jaywanza, Rikecia and Lanecia) and one teenage son (Jomante) as well as grandmother to a baby girl turning two this year (Kavonna). Nikecia’s home is a busy hub where her family comes together to have fun and stay connected.
Melinda has been working hard and is so excited to be building a home for her family. She is a mom to three daughters: Tonkquesha (age 22), Kayla (age 18) and Tia (age 11). Melinda and her girls constantly stay busy with work, school and church activities. With all that keeps them on the go, this family makes sure to spend time together by gathering for meals and going to church.
Silas’s story is a powerful one of a man that has overcome all obstacles to provide peace and a future for his family.
Originally from Rwanda, Silas is married to Philomene, and together they have five children: Silvia (age 21), Julius (age 20), Sonia (age 10), Gloria (age 8) and Alpha (age 2). This family moved to the United States in 2012 after years of moving around in search of a secure place to call home.
It has been twelve years since Alician completed her "sweat equity" and built her home. A single mother of three girls, ages 18, 12 and 3, Alician remains thankful for the opportunity she was given to complete the Habitat program and become a homeowner.
Four years ago, Sa and Cherry came to America from Malaysia in pursuit of safety, a better future and the hope of freedom. This couple settled in Knoxville and instantly felt at peace with the area.
Like the other families building in this year’s Blitz Build, Kap and Lal found Knoxville Habitat through a close-knit church community of Burmese refugees that have come to the U.S. in search of a better life. A life they never experienced before coming to Knoxville, where they have the freedom to worship, work and create a stable future for their children.
Refugees often experience isolation during the beginning of their journey to find freedom and stability, so a sense of community is an aspect that families like Tun and Kham have embraced since arriving in Knoxville two years ago. Through communities provided by the local Burmese m