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.
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
Irina and Pavel know far too well the importance of shelter. Through hard times and difficult transitions, they now look forward to experiencing the strength and stability of homeownership. They have worked so hard to reach this milestone and have a large family and many friends cheering them on.
Lucretia is a hardworking single mother of two sons, Jerome (age 20) and Jaqwone (age 17), as well daughter Ranasia (age 10). She also takes care of her niece Jashonda (not pictured).
Although Lucretia works long hours, she loves to spend her free time with her family. Jaqwone is currently a football player in high school considering his opportunities for college, and Ranasia is in elementary school and loves to dance.
Marshina is a hardworking single mother of three and grandmother of two. Her sons – Qashawn, Jazhai and Kishay – were all born eight years apart, with the youngest now five years old. This tight-knit family likes spend time bowling, watching movies or playing games at home. Marshina says her family is so close because their foundation is built on their faith.
“We always put God first … God keeps us going.”