OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 30, 2016) – Two more Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity families will realize their dream of homeownership in 2016.

Lian Thang and Ning Nem, parents to 2 daughters ages 8 and 1 and a son age 5, received the keys to their new home in the Legacy Estates Addition in Oklahoma City at a home dedication ceremony held Thursday, December 29. Lian has worked for Balon Corporation as a Machine Operator since 2014. Local grocery chain Buy For Less made the home possible through their sponsorship, which included both a financial donation and volunteer construction support.

“As our family grew, we had to keep moving for more room and the rent continued to get higher. This is not an easy situation for my family living on such a small income,” said

Lian Thang, homeowner. “Moving from a small 2-bedroom apartment to this Habitat home will relieve my worries about rent increases and allow my family to live in a stable community with good schools. We are so grateful to Habitat for giving me and my family this opportunity to finally own a home.”

Oklahoma City-based Blue Knight Energy funded and employees volunteered for the construction of Jamesetta Lewis’ new home. She received the keys to her home in the Legacy Estates Addition in Oklahoma City at a home dedication ceremony held Friday, December 30.

“It has been my dream to own a home so I can give my daughter some stability,” says Jamesetta Lewis, homeowner. “I am so thankful to Central Habitat for Humanity for this opportunity to attain one of the biggest goals of my life.”

Jamesetta has worked for Fretzpark Homes, Inc. as an administrative assistant since 2012. She is a single mother to 10-year old daughter, Breniya. She has rented the same small 2-bedroom apartment for 10-years and had never owned a home, despite applying to mortgage company and being denied. She then applied to Central Oklahoma Habitat and was approved for its home ownership program.

“I admire the perseverance and am so proud of these families who take the initiative to work through the process we have in place to achieve home ownership. We do everything we can to educate our families regarding the responsibilities of homeownership and it’s such a blessing to see the result,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO and chairman for Central Oklahoma Habitat. “We are also so very grateful to Buy For Less and Blue Knight Energy for sponsoring these homes, and, to all the volunteers who give their time and talents to help build these home. We just couldn’t do it without them.”

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About Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for hardworking, limited-income families. The organization has built 869 new homes in central Oklahoma since 1990, all sold at cost and with no interest charged.