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Homeowner profiles

Meet some of our Habitat homeowner families.

Oakland, California Denver, Colorado

The Zavala-Dubon family
New house means new hope for children of civil war refugees
The family will move into one of 12 new townhomes being built in Oakland during this year’s Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

The Bickham family
Love of learning lifts family out of homelessness
The family’s journey from homelessness to homeownership began with help from Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley.

The Martinez family
Hard work and perseverance pay off
During this year’s Carter Work Project, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver and 350 volunteers will build 11 new homes and make critical repairs on 15 others in a resurgent community called Globeville.  After this year’s event, 26 more families will have their own success stories to tell.

The Padilla family
‘Miracles can happen’
The long-term, generational impact of better housing is evident in families like Sandra Padilla’s. Seven years after moving into their Habitat home, they are healthier, happier and focused on an even brighter future. 

The Tsou family The Ford family

The Tsou family
Girl’s dream of a new home and a backyard comes true
Billy and Anna Tsou currently live with their daughter, Maya, and infant son, Layne, in a 560-square-foot apartment in New York City.

The Huambo family
Mother of two opens the door to a safer, happier future
Before she became a Habitat homeowner, Esther and her two children, Dalila and José, shared a bedroom in her grandmother’s small apartment in the Cypress Hills housing project. 

The Ford family
Call for insulation leads to full house repairs in New Jersey
The Fords’ home is one of about 15 houses that will be repaired or built in Union Beach during the 30th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

The Zelinskie family
New Jersey family continues recovery from Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy damaged the first floor of Peter and Stephanie Zelinskie’s Union Beach home. Stephanie and their children, Colin and baby Larissa, had to live with her parents for five months while Peter worked to repair the home.