The Murray family -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

The Murray family

A new home for baby Lauren

Yolanda Murray had lived in College Creek Terrace—the nation’s oldest public housing community—for 12 years when she heard about Habitat for Humanity. She learned about Habitat’s project to revitalize public housing in the Clay Street community and jumped at the chance to own a home.

Her new house on Clay Street will be a place for Murray and her 2-month-old daughter, Lauren Kirby, to begin their life together.

“I am really happy about this house,” Murray said. “It’s really nice on Clay Street, and I am really excited to be a homeowner there.”

Murray is a cafeteria manager at Annapolis Elementary School. “I have been in food service all my life and with Anne Arundel County Public Schools since 1993. I just love to cook,” she said.

Before Lauren was born, Murray’s favorite thing was playing bingo, but she has been busy caring for a newborn and working a second part-time job at Admiral Cleaners in Annapolis.

“I am really looking forward to sitting back, relaxing and enjoying my new home,” she said.