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.
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Bekele and his wife, Aster, are hardworking and caring parents to two sweet and intelligent daughters, Tsion (age 11) and Lidiya (age 5). Both girls are smart and active in their schools, with Lidiya just starting kindergarten this year. The girls are also both active in a local church, where Tsion sings in the choir.
“This is a really good year for me and my son,” says Martin, a single father in the Knoxville Habitat program. “My son just graduated (high school) in May, and now we’re going to be building our home in the fall!”
Monica is a single mother that cares for sons Aristotle (15) and Michael (8), as well as daughter Meah (6). This loving family is extremely supportive of each other, and Monica describes herself as a “hands-on momma.” This has resulted in well-mannered children that are often recognized for being very kind to others.
Aristotle is an athlete at his high school, where he’s involved with football and track. Monica says she’s “his number one fan,” and the family spends a lot of time at his practices and games.
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.