A Time to Settle In
Solomon Geberemariame has become very familiar with anticipation.
In April 2012, he learned his family had been approved to become Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East homeowners. As soon he got the call, he says, “I cannot wait, you know. Every step of the way, I’m like, ‘When’s it going to be done? When are we going to have a house?’”
When he finally received the keys to his Habitat house at the dedication ceremony, he says, “I couldn’t believe it. Really? I’m a homeowner?”
“When I’m done with my job, I run home to play with my kids, stay with my family,” says Solomon Geberemariame. “I’m happy. A house is good things.”
Having spent a lot of time moving between small or unhealthy apartments, Geberemariame seems most excited that his 3-year-old daughter Rohama will not have to change schools or make new friends. For her to have the time to really connect with people and her community — a safe community — is very important to him. “She’ll have permanent friends, her good friends,” he says. “She’s not going to move out all the time, from place to place.”