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.
Tateanna and Tim make a great team. As they approach their one-year wedding anniversary, they are also preparing to build and buy a 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.
Habitat Urban Garden (HUG) volunteers and Knoxville Habitat for Humanity homeowners celebrated the 200th home landscaping project with the most recent class of participants.
Shantay has transformed her life and deserves to be proud. She has overcome many obstacles to create better childhoods for her four children than she had to endure. Part of her plan is buying a house. “It will be our home. My family will always have a place to go…forever.”
Refugees Bya, Lupa, and their young daughter were greeted at the Knoxville airport in 2009 by an accepting, helpful group from Cedar Spring Presbyterian Church. Forced to escape to an unfamiliar foreign country, they were welcomed to a safe apartment with a furnished pantry and with a warm, culturally appropriate meal. They immediately felt blessed and motivated to succeed. Bya met Lupa while working in a restaurant in Malaysia. They married and started their family, which has grown to five with the addition of two sons since living in the United States.