Meet Our Families

Meet some of the Central Oklahoma Habitat families who have worked hard toward homeownership.

Annette H.

Homeowner #900 - Annettte feels her Habitat home will give her and her children a place of security and stability and, most important, a place to feel free.

She believes becoming a homeowner will give her a feeling of accomplishment, fulfillment and true responsibility. She says “I am very grateful to Habitat for Humanity for giving me this chance, this opportunity of homeownership and also for believing in me and blessing my family with this gift”.

Jose and Angelica S.

Homeowner #899 - Jose and Angelica have been married for 36 years. They are originally from Guatemala and relocated to Oklahoma from New York seven years ago. They have a daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren currently going through the immigration process hoping to come to the United States.

This couple feels “forever thankful for Habitat and the opportunity of owning their first home”.

Juan and Josefina A.

Homeowner #898 - Juan, Josefina and their children lived in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, apartment for years. The family is excited to have a home and a backyard of their own.

They thank Habitat for giving them this opportunity.

Cheri K.

Homeowner #897 - Cheri and her granddaughter moved to Oklahoma City in 2015 to be closer to her youngest daughter and her two boys. Her habitat home is a “dream come true”.

She says “I would be willing to work 600 hours if needed to give my granddaughter a place to grow up in a home to call our own”.

Khalid K. and Khadija O.

Homeowner #896 - After getting approved for their Habitat home, Khalid and Khadija had one priority – complete their sweat equity hours.

But they say that changed “after meeting a lot of people from different organizations, regular volunteers, and schools . . . . we realized that our goal was not just about finishing the hours anymore. It was about supporting other people and helping them to build or repair their own houses, we felt that we are part of a great team and that makes us feel amazing, which is something priceless.”

Pabliana T.

Homeowner #895 - Pabliana was born in Brazil. She came to Oklahoma on a scholarship to play basketball for Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, OK, and then went on to Oklahoma City University.

After graduating, she got married, started a family and made Oklahoma her home. When she found herself back on her own, she dreamed of having a home. She and her children love to play basketball, skate, bicycle, play in the snow on “snow days” and enjoy their friends. Their new home is the perfect place to enjoy all the things they love.

Bernardina C. and Fernando G.

Homeowner #894 - Bernardina works in the meat department of a local grocery store and Fernando works for a local roofing contractor. They feel their new home gives their children the chance to live in a safe neighborhood and go to good schools.

They say “Thank you Habitat for giving us the American Dream!”

Levi B. and Kaitlyn P.

Homeowner #893 - Levi works in construction and Kaitlyn recently decided to be a “stay at home Mom” to their three young sons.

They feel their Habitat home “will bring stability to our family and safety for our boys”.

Abrha A. and Samrawit T.

Homeowner #892 - Abrha and Samrawit are from Ethiopia. Abrha came to the United States in 2005. He served actively in the U.S. Air Force and is now in the Reserves. In 2013 he married Samrawit and they made their home in Oklahoma City.

Their new home will provide the stability for them to start their family. It also “assures us the American Dream still exists” and can be attained through hard work and perseverance.

Julio and Rosa P.

Homeowner #891 - To Julio and Rosa, their new home offers the opportunity to provide a better future for their children. Their boys will now have their own back yard in which to run and play.

They are thankful for “this opportunity to show our children that through hard work and dedication anything is possible”.

Simon K. and Ciin H.

Homeowner #890 - Simon and Ciin have two little girls and are expecting another baby by the end of the year. They are refugees from Burma and they see their new house as life changing for their family.

They say “Thank you very much to Habitat for Humanity.”

Jorge and Noemy C.

Homeowner #889 - Jorge and Noemy say “Thank you Habitat for providing an affordable home for us and making our home ownership dream come true.”

They added – “We are happy to be part of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s family!”

Ana M.

Homeowner #888 - Ana says her two children are her strength. She dreamed of giving them a better life than she had known. Life was not going as she had planned.

When she learned about Habitat, her dream was reborn. Ana feels her house was built with love and generosity from people who were giving without obligation. She is grateful for all that her family has received.

Heather P.

Homeowner #887 - Heather is a single Mom of two great kids. They have long wanted a home – a place they can call their own, feel safe and comfortable, and have peace of mind knowing they will never have to move again.

Their house was built with the help of family and friends. It is a house built with love. What Heather found most exciting was seeing her kids excited and eager to be able to help other families with their journey.

Jeffery and Sadae B.

Homeowner #886 - Jeffery and Sadae have dealt with health issues in regards to both of their daughters for the last few years.

They say “we have been blessed with this opportunity through Habitat to become homeowners. With this opportunity, it gives us hope and is a testament that all this we have gone through was God preparing us for something greater!”

Ndibmun and Agnes F.

Homeowner #885 – This is a family with two young children who will benefit from living in a home with a yard to play in and a safe neighborhood in which to grow up.

Ndibmun and Agnes say “We are happy to be part of the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity family.”

Neng T. and Thang H.

Homeowner #884 – This hard working couple were crowded in a 2 bedroom apartment with their 3 sons. When Neng’s parents joined them in the United States to help care for their young children, the family became desperate for more space.

Now the family has 4 bedrooms, a large living room and a big yard. Neng and Thang thank Habitat for giving them the opportunity of making their wish come true.

Octavio and Patricia F.

Homeowner #883 – Octavio, Patricia and their children have been together in the United States for seven years. They’ve always had the desire to own their own home and never gave up believing “if you want it, you can do it”.

Their dream has been fulfilled and they say “God bless you for helping people who really need it!”

Adil S. and Fatima B.

Homeowner #882 – Adil and Fatima say, “We were so blessed when we got approved by the Habitat board because we wanted to have a home for our family and be part of the community”.

The family thanks Habitat for giving them this opportunity of home ownership.

Hammou O. and Nadia F.

Homeowner #881 – Hammou came to the United States in 2009. He started building a new life for himself: found a job, learned English, went to school, made new friends. Nadia joined him here in 2015.

From the heart, they wrote – “Thanks Habitat for this opportunity, thanks everyone who donated, everyone who participated, everyone who built ….. Thanks to all of You.”

Thang K. and Ciang C.

Homeowner #880 – This family came to the United States from Burma. Their Habitat home represents good things to them. Thang feels it will be good for their health – “we can breathe fresh air in our own house”.

The house also means safety, freedom and a happy family.

Lang K. and Niang H.

Homeowner #879 – To this family, their new home represents a great start toward a successful life and better future for their children.

Lang wrote, “The Habitat home is a big blessing for my family. Thank You.”

Blayden and Makayla D.

Homeowner #878 – This young couple are one of the first Habitat homeowners to get a home built under the new “Fortified Homes” program. Blayden is a foreman for a local construction company and Makayla works as a Nurse Assistant.

They thank Habitat for giving them the opportunity to own their own home in which to raise their son.

Hunter and Shelby C.

Homeowner #877 – Hunter and Shelby see their new Habitat home as a blessing and a life changing opportunity.

They feel it will provide a stable foundation on which to build a wonderful life and let their goals and dreams take flight.

Dustin G.

Homeowner #876 – In 2000, Dustin graduated high school in Seminole, Oklahoma. He joined the Army’s Delta 179th Artillery Division in 2002 and continued to serve in the Oklahoma 45th & 160th National Guard Artillery until 2011.

Dustin feels “Habitat has been a blessing” and is thankful for the opportunity to own his own home.

Larry C. and Rebecca B.

Homeowner #875 - Larry, Rebecca and their two daughters see their new home as a place where the family can grow and bury roots – a place where they can feel safe and create unforgettable memories.

They say, “This place is going to be Our Home!”

Dorothy W.

Homeowner #874 - Dorothy is a single mother who wants to provide her son a stable environment where they can build beautiful memories, grow and “become more, so that we can give more to others”.

In her son’s words, “This means the life we are going to live, we are going to get pets and they are going to have a great life there. We can be happy forever!”

Maria and Fidel R.

Homeowner #873 - Maria and her son, Fidel, are sharing the responsibility of home ownership to provide a safe environment for her daughter, his sister.

They are very grateful to Habitat for giving them this opportunity and want to thank all who helped with the building of their new home.

Trenna G.

Homeowner #872 – Trenna is the mother of 4 grown children and the grandmother of 10, with another one due in May. She shares her home with “Lil-girl”, her Yorkie companion.

For 5 years she lived in an apartment off a busy street that didn’t provide a good place for her grandchildren or her dog to play outside. Now she has her own yard as well as a park. She says “Thank you Habitat and may God bless you all”.

Marian A.

Homeowner #871 – Marian and her mother, Theresa, migrated to the United States in 1993 from Ghana. Marian’s dream was to go to college and get a bachelor degree.

She came to learn that owning a home was the “American Dream”, but didn’t think much about it since it seemed a very unlikely goal for her – until a friend explained the Habitat concept of home ownership. She says “So, you can imagine my shock and awe, excitement as well, when I was approved”. Marian thanks Habitat and all the volunteers and says “God richly bless you all”.

Tom and Marilyn B.

Homeowner #870 – Tom is a Vietnam vet. He and Marilyn moved to Oklahoma City in 1982, started their own business and raised four kids.

They are happy that the money they used to pay in rent will now go toward paying for their own home.

Jamesetta L.

Homeowner #869 – Jamesetta says “It has been my dream to own a home so I can give my child stability!”

She applied for a conventional mortgage, but was denied. She is grateful to Habitat for the opportunity to attain this “major life goal”.

Lian T. and Ning N.

Homeowner #868 – Lian feels his new Habitat home will provide his family a happier, more comfortable life. It will take away that yearly event – a rise in rent.

Lian says “I think that community service is very important and I am so excited that I will be able to do it.”

Noe and Ana S.

Homeowner #867 – Noe and Ana were the parents of a growing family – a growing family that needed more room – when a family member told them about the Habitat program

Noe says “It’s nice to see my children feel the joy of having their own bedrooms. Thank you Habitat for making our dreams come true.”

Tina W.

Homeowner #866 – Tina wrote “This home will make all the difference to me. I will feel a sense of accomplishment as well as not pay rent or live in someone else’s home ever again.”

She ended her bio with a heartfelt “Thank You very much”

Shirley H.

Homeowner #865 – Shirley, with the help of her two daughters and several of her grandchildren, faithfully worked on her sweat equity hours

She has thought of owning her own home for many years and thanks Habitat for giving her the opportunity to realize that dream.

Rocky and Camille B.

Homeowner #864 – Rocky and Camille feel that the Habitat home ownership process has “been an eye opener”, challenging them to be better stewards of their income and pay closer attention to their credit.

Rocky wrote “We are blown away with the generosity of Habitat for Humanity and truly thankful for this awesome blessing. Thank you so much for giving us a shot at the American Dream”.

Khai Z. and Ciang S.

Homeowner #863 – Khai and Ciang came to the U.S. as refugees from Burma in 2012. They believe their new home will open a path that will allow them to meet other important goals in their lives.

Khai said, “Words cannot describe how grateful we are to God and to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity for providing this wonderful home for us

Nai T. and Mi N.

Homeowner #862 – Nai and Mi have two young children and are awaiting the arrival of their third.

This young family now has a home with a backyard and a neighborhood park where the kids can play, grow and thrive. Nai and Mi thank Habitat for “this opportunity for Home Ownership”

Miriam M.

Homeowner #861 – Miriam and her two daughters look forward to the privacy their new home will give them.

They want to do yard work, plant flowers and make a garden. They want to make a real home for themselves.

In P. and Ma K

Homeowner #860 – This young family came to the United States from Burma in 2013.

In and Ma say, “We work hard and we know this home will change our family in many ways. We thank Habitat for this opportunity of owning a home.”

Monsuru and Abibat O.

Homeowner #859 – Monsuru, Abibat and their three children came from Nigeria to live in Oklahoma City several years ago.

They are very excited about their new home, the opportunity to become part of a community and to begin the next phase of their life. They thanked Habitat for the “awesome opportunity of ownership”.

Maria P.

Homeowner #858 – Maria has worked since she was 12 years old, living her life “paycheck to paycheck”.

She has raised 4 daughters – three are married and one still lives with her. To Maria, her Habitat home is a place where they can “live comfortable in our own home”.

Jose and Maria M.

Homeowner #857 – Jose, Maria and their children are looking forward to creating family memories in their new home.

They thank Habitat for the opportunity to live in a safe community in a good public school system.

Abdel S.

Homeowner #856 – Abdel came from Morocco to become a U.S. citizen. He lived in the same apartment complex for nine years – his rent going up every year as his neighborhood became increasingly unsafe.

He said “I want to invest in buying a home so in the future I can start a family. Thank you Habitat for approving me and helping me with this life goal.”

DeAnne G.

Homeowner #855 – When Habitat called and told DeAnne she had been approved for homeownership she felt all her prayers had been answered.

DeAnne says, “They say hard work pays off and I feel I’ve worked hard to be a homeowner. I’ve been highly blessed over the past year and wanted to find something that my children and I could do to give back. The Habitat Program is a perfect way for us to begin our new journey in life and give back to the community.”

Mohammed and Ilham M.

Homeowner #854 – Mohammed and Ilham came to the United States from Morocco 7 years ago. After having their son, they wanted to live the “American Dream”.

They wanted to own their own home with a backyard where their kids could grow and play. They also see their new home as a place they can start building memories that will last a lifetime.

Michael I.

Homeowner #853 – Michael is very proud of the years he spent in the USAF when he was a young man and is excited about his new Habitat home.

He already has a vision of his role in the community – “I like to walk the dogs all around and see how everyone is doing, sort of a friendly security check”.

Liana B.

Homeowner #852 – Liana and her daughter lived in an apartment. She watched her already high rent increase on a yearly basis.

When Liana applied for the Habitat program she believed “if this is God’s will for my daughter and I to have our home, then He will provide this place for us”.