Elisha Mutarahaza

After moving to the United States in 2016, Elisha Mutarahaza knew that homeownership would help build a better life for his family.

“Raising eight children can be challenging living in a three-bedroom apartment. Imagine yourself in this space with 10 people —it is too tight.”

Elisha dreams of having a stable place for his children to play and grow their lives. With the constant rise of rent, his family has struggled to find a greater opportunity that would allow them to make this dream a reality.

“I asked my friend, how can I have a house? Knowing that my friend is a Habitat homeowner, he gave us the number and the website to find more information.”

After completing an application for Habitat’s Homeownership Program, Elisha’s family was selected for a brand new five-bedroom home with a basement, garage, and large backyard.

“This is an amazing opportunity,” said Elisha. “Knowing that my children will get to decorate their own bedrooms makes my family feel free. We are so happy and excited.”

Elisha hopes to get the word out that Habitat for Humanity is changing his family’s life, and he thanks the volunteers and donors who are working to build his family’s future.