2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project: Baltimore, Maryland partner families -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project: Baltimore, Maryland partner families

The Tymeerah Butts family
Tymeerah Butts is almost as excited about her rehabbed East Baltimore house as her 4-year-old daughter, Tytiana. Butts, who is working toward a master’s degree in family counseling, spent a recent visit explaining to her daughter how the house will look when it’s finished.


The Deborah Brown family
For Deborah Brown, partnering with Habitat means more than getting a rehabbed house. It means being able to live within walking distance of her job at Johns Hopkins medical campus and close to good medical care for her 6-year-old son, Conner, who has been recovering from a brain tumor.


Harry Braxton
After his parents’ home caught fire during a blizzard, Harry Braxton had to move into his sister’s apartment. After hearing that his cousin was building with Habitat for Humanity, Braxton applied for a home of his own, and now he hopes to be the first person in his immediate family to own a house.


Brittney Simmons
At 22, Brittney Simmons doesn’t have any children, but she’s already thinking about her family’s future. Growing up living in apartments and Section 8 housing was difficult, she said.“I want my children, and even my grandchildren, to know a different life.”


Lisa Griffin
Lisa Griffin grew up in East Baltimore and raised three children in the neighborhoods there. She said part of the Jefferson Street neighborhood used to be “pretty tough,” and her son was killed two years ago while visiting from South Carolina. But now she sees hope where Habitat is building. “Things are getting cleaned up,” she said.


Stacey Gray
Surgery and a long recovery put Stacey Gray deeply in debt, but she worked hard to pay off her bills and start a savings account so she could someday become a homeowner. Now she’s looking forward to working on homes with Habitat—including her own.


The Maria Gonzales family
Maria Gonzales wanted a new home for her family, who left the Philippines in 1997. She lives with her mother, a sister and her niece in her uncle’s home, and although she could rent an apartment on her own, she says, “I couldn’t be selfish like that and just move out. I want to help my family.” So she turned to Habitat.


The Taja Cole family
Taja Cole had to move constantly when she was growing up, and she wants a more stable life for her son, Jaylen Raymond, who celebrates his first birthday Oct. 16. She’s glad to be working with Habitat, and hopes someday to form her own nonprofit to help young mothers.