Three deserving families have been selected to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Meet the families below:
Alganesh Habte currently lives in Colton renting from the Housing Authority of San Bernardino, with her newborn grandson, one-year old grand-daughter and daughter. Alganesh first heard about Habitat in 2003, when five of her children were still living with her. She put in an application for Habitat that same year and was selected as a future homeowner. After being selected, she waited 6 years for a home and completed 500 hours of sweat equity hours. She later learned her dream of becoming a homeowner would be denied, due to loss of employment and change of income requirement. By this time, most of her children had grown into adults and moved out on their own. Alganesh never gave up; she kept her faith in God and continued to pray. With the help of her family and lots of prayers, her income situation improved enough to reapply with Habitat for Humanity, and is now in line to be a new homeowner.
Amanda and James currently live in Grand Terrace in a rental home. They have four children, ages 14, 13, 10 and 9 years old. Their current rental home has many problems; such as electrical, roofing, and flooring issues, plus several broken windows. Amanda is legally blind and is excited to become a homeowner at our Grand Terrace build because it is conveniently located near public transportation to grocery shopping.
Amanda first heard about Habitat for Humanity through her cousin in Utah, who received a Habitat home a few years ago. Amanda and James long to provide their children with a safe, stable place to live and play. They are excited to begin their sweat equity hours with friends and family by their side.
“I am looking forward to being a homeowner and paying a mortgage towards my own home that is complete with no problems for my family. I am so happy to be a Habitat partner family!” – Amanda Miller
Cherise Jackson is a single mother with 2 sons, ages 16 and 12. Currently, Cherise and her family live in an area of San Bernardino that is unsafe due to the high violent crime rate and illegal drug activity. She is renting an apartment that is not suitable for her family and the building is infested with termites. Also, the neighborhood is not safe for the children to play outside. Cherise first heard about Habitat for Humanity from a close friend who received a Habitat home last year. She attended the Homeowner Orientation 2 years ago and is excited that she was selected. Cherise is very happy to partner with Habitat and is excited about the prospect of owning her own home where her kids can play in the yard!
“I am excited to be a homeowner and to have a home with more space for my two boys.” – Cherise Jackson