2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project: St. Paul, Minnesota partner families -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

2010 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project: St. Paul, Minnesota partner families

Dannie Mae McKibbins
While a nursing student at the University of Minnesota, Dannie Mae McKibbins was invited to join fellow Georgian Jimmy Carter on stage during a speech. Now McKibbins hopes to extend her own invitation to the Carters when they join in on the A Brush with Kindness repairs on her home.

   

The Wehelie and Ahmed family
Mohammed Wehelie and his wife, Sahra Ahmed, left Somalia in the 1990s and settled in the United States 10 years later. Soon they will have a permanent home: a rehabilitated house big enough for their sons Ilyas, 13, and Yonis, 6, and twin daughters Hajira and Hibo, 11.

   

The Botello family
Antonio Botello’s family has struggled to maintain the exterior of their home since a stroke left him paralyzed on his left side. But Botello has doubled his efforts to improve the home, and now the family is getting help from Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program.

   

The Brown family
Valerie Brown is committed to staying in her home and her neighborhood. But the house she shares with her daughter and her elderly uncle was built in 1888 and needs repairs. Brown has already done a lot of work, and now she is partnering with Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program for further repairs.

   

Patricia Dukes
Patricia Dukes says she needs only one thing to create an ideal living situation: a wheelchair ramp. Walking has been painful for Dukes since she had back surgery nearly a decade ago. Soon, she’ll have her ramp with help from Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program.

   

The Olson family
Vicki Olson and her daughter, Alissa, are longtime volunteers in their community, but Olson’s health problems have left her unable to paint the exterior of her house on her own. Now she is getting help through Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program.

   

Judith Schell
Faced with the prospect of painting her house and removing an unstable, dilapidated garage, Judith Schell knew she couldn’t do it herself. She knew about Habitat, but had no idea there were programs for repairs. Now the old building is gone, and soon her house will have a new coat of paint.

   

Todd Thomas
A leaky roof sends Todd Thomas running for 5-gallon buckets whenever it rains or when the snow melts in winter. Limited finances have prevented Thomas from making much-needed repairs to the roof, but Habitat’s A Brush with Kindness program will help.

   

The Yang family
Kayoua Yang says, “Family comes first,” and works hard to save money to provide for her two children. She said she is thrilled to be getting a new house with help from Habitat for Humanity and is ready to get to work.

   

The Angesom and Gebremicael family
Yared Angesom and his wife, Yorsalem Gebremicael, were initially told that all Habitat family partners had been selected for 2010. But they held on to hope—and to their faith. With their new Habitat home, Angesom plans to focus on furthering education for himself and his children.

   

The Getahun family
Helen Getahun’s children, Lidia and Josep, spend most of their time inside because they live in an unsafe neighborhood. She looks forward to taking the energetic youngsters on long walks in the neighborhood of their new Habitat home to tire them out.

   

The Kinchelow family
When her family moves into their Habitat home, Ya Landa Kinchelow will be breathing easier. A collapsed lung landed her in the hospital last January, caused in part by the poor air quality, uncontrollable thermostat and lack of ventilation in her current apartment.

   

The Nigatu family
From the smoke to the noise to the dysfunctional kitchen appliances, Tadesse and Maereg Nigatu needed to find a way out. The Ethiopian emigrants heard about Habitat from friends, and now Tadesse Nigatu is excited to put in sweat equity and learn more about home maintenance.

   

The Tesema and Yacob family
Tseganesh Tesema has learned to like the snow. Coming from Ethiopia, she found Minnesota winters to be an adjustment, but this is where she met her husband, Ashenafi Yacob, and where they welcomed their first son, Kaleb, into the world. Now Tesema and her family will have a better living situation with Habitat’s help.