Our Families

We feel that each partner family has their own unique story to tell. Please take a look at some of the stories to see the impact our work has on the families we serve.

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Building Gebregiorgis and Sltan's Dream

Sltan and Gebregiorgis moved to the United States from Ethiopia, seeking a better life for themselves and their children. They have a large family, including six children; Rahel who is 19, Tezazu who is 16, Robel who is 14, Senay who is 12, Besrat...

The Joy of Becoming Habitat Homeowners

Amina and Said are from Somali and moved to the United States in 1998 and 2000.  They have five children; Ahmed (age 18), Hanod (age 11), Salma (age 10), Hamsa (age 9), and Siham (age 4).

The family’s current home Eden Prairie doesn’t have the spa...

Building a Strong Community in Woodbury

One of the steps to becoming a Habitat homeowner is to complete sweat equity hours. For those who don’t know, we require our future homebuyers and their families to volunteer 300-500 hours of their time building their own home or volunteering at o...

Building Hope for the Simbi Family

The Simbi family left the Congo in 1996 due to increasing troubles in the area, and moved to Tanzania. In 2010, the family made the move to the United States, where they lived in New Jersey, and more recently, Minnesota. Their new home in Chaska, ...

26 Ways To Get Involved With Twin Cities Habitat this Summer

* It was 25 Ways to Get Involved With Twin Cities Habitat... but we added one more!
With the official first day of summer less than two weeks away, we put together a list of some great ways you can get involved with Twin Cities Habitat this seas...

A Brush with Kindness Helps Improve Health & Safety for Local Family

Deborah Moore has worked hard her entire life to overcome limiting circumstances. Deborah has transitioned from welfare to full-time employment, and public housing to homeownership all as a single mother.

Since owning her home, Deborah has investe...

Three Families Celebrate Their New Habitat Homes

On May 22, 2014 a crowd of volunteers, businesspeople, neighbors, friends and family came together at 613 Gotzian Street in St. Paul to celebrate the home dedications of three families. Tenisha Allen along with her daughter and sister celebrated t...

A Safe and Accessible Home for the Harts

Myrna and Lawrence Hart are raising their grandson, Isaiah, in the home they built in Cottage Grove 35 years ago. The couple is extremely proud of their grandson for both his academic and athletic accomplishments. The Hart’s want to be able to sup...

1700 Families Brushed with Kindness

Jimmy Thurman stood on a step ladder painting his Minneapolis home when he felt a sharp pain in his knee. That was two years ago, he hasn’t climbed his ladder since.

Jimmy and his wife, Diane, have always taken great pride in their home. When the ...

The Carrillo Family Experience A Brush with Kindness

Jose Carrillo and his wife Leticia bought their home on the East Side of St. Paul in 2001, where they are raising their three young children. The family loves their St. Paul community; they celebrate every Cinco de Mayo, 4th of July, and Halloween...