On Saturday, December 13, Twin Cities Habitat was joined by Ecolab representatives, volunteers (especially from our regular crews), board members, and other supporters to dedication the new home of Jowhar Yusuf and Aynia Abdella in Frogtown. As our dedications committee volunteer and emcee Karin O’Connor put it, we were gathered to celebrate the “priceless gifts” we’ve all contributed toward the home’s completion.
Jowhar and his family were extremely excited to mark this important milestone in their long journey. Originally from Ethiopia, Jowhar first moved to the United States in 1999 and became a U.S. citizen five years later. He returned to his home country in 2007, met and married Aynia, and the couple moved back to Minnesota. They learned about Habitat’s homeownership program a few years later, applied, and met the qualifications. The family’s application expired after two years, but they kept their spirits up. Jowhar and Aynia, by then parents of three, reapplied and were matched with a home this year.