Kenecia Campbell knew that going through the Habitat for Humanity program wasn’t going to be easy. Her cousin had gone through the program several years ago and shared with her the dedication and commitment it takes to become a Habitat homeowner.
Habtamnesh is one of our new partner families from Ethiopia. She is hard at work on her sweat equity hours and is looking forward to home ownership. She has been in the Kansas City area for over two years and rents a room in someone else’s house.
They were accepted into the Habitat KC program just a few months ago. The process has been very smooth so far and everyone at Habitat KC has been helpful. They moved to Kansas City from Trinidad and Tobago and had never owned a home which makes the thought of home maintenance a little scary, but they are up for the challenge. Abigail looks forward to the classes provided by Habitat KC and is hopeful she will learn how to be a good homeowner and a good neighbor.
Growing up, she had eight brothers and sisters and her family owned a large home with a big back yard. They used the land to grow avocados, coffee, bananas, and mangos which the family enjoyed. This is something that Jemanesh is most looking forward to—growing a garden of her own.
Doris grew up in Kansas City where her mother owned a home and raised seven children on her own. Doris and Phillip have been together since 1989 and have wanted a home of their own most of those 27 years. They look forward to stability, family gatherings, neighborhood togetherness, planting flowers, and having a back yard.
The Paw family learned about Habitat for Humanity Kansas City through the Lwin family, who closed on their Habitat KC home in December 2015–the fathers of the two families have worked at Triumph foods for more than five years together. After learning about the Lwin’s experience, they decided to apply and were accepted into the program.
Growing up Seneitra’s mother taught her that if you want something you have to be willing to work for it—her experience going through the Habitat KC program has exemplified this. Seneitra, a single mother to three children, has worked diligently over the past year to complete nearly 165 of her 280 sweat equity hours. By dedicating her time and energy to the build sites and ReStore she has seen firsthand how Habitat KC homes transform families and the community.
Chilon Spencer is a Kansas Citian who has been employed at Commerce Bank for eight years. Along with her two children, David, and Courtnee, she is living with her mother to care for her sick grandmother. While living there, she is committed to further improving her financial health so that when their Habitat KC home is finished her family will be off to a great start.
Although Shara had heard that Habitat for Humanity Kansas City offered a “great program,” she, like many people, didn’t know how to begin her journey with Habitat KC. Through a friend, she learned about the program and decided to attend a homeowner information session. Shara hasn’t turned back since! She says, “During the information session, I learned that the program was affordable and the many ways owning a home would benefit my family.
LaShonda is a big advocate for Habitat KC and frequently posts on social media about her volunteer and home ownership journey. When reflecting on her experience she says, “It’s almost too good to be true. I am proud that I will be a first generation homeowner.”