Meet Our Families

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

Deztinii H.

Homeowner #991 - Deztinii received her degree in Healthcare Administration last spring and works for OU Physicians Health & Wellness Clinic. She is a single Mom with three beautiful children.

Deztinii said “Since having kids I knew it was my responsibility to provide nothing but the best and the first thing was being able to raise them in a stable home that we could call ours in a safe environment.” Habitat is happy to help make that happen.

Ricardo and Alexandra B.

Homeowner #990 - Ricardo and Alexandra came to the United States about six years ago from Columbia. They waited a long 13 years while approval of their immigration worked its way through a complex process.

To Ricardo and Alexandra, a home “gives us the opportunity to give our kids a better emotional stability and a high sense of belonging which, surely, may increase their self-esteem.” Their new home will give them all a sense of security for the family’s future.

Rachid K. and Zahira B.

Homeowner #989 - Rachid and Zahira are both from Morocco. Rachid came 18 years ago and became a U.S. citizen in 2008. Zahira came to live in the United States four years ago.

They have two young sons and feel their new Habitat home will make a big difference in the life of their family.

Paul and Starla C.

Homeowner #988 - Paul and Starla met in university. Starla is from Oklahoma and has always known that this is where she wanted to raise a family. Paul is from The Bahamas and fell in love with Oklahoma while here completing his master’s degree.

Starla says their new home gives them the opportunity to plant roots and have a forever home. She says “Habitat for Humanity will be carved into our family tree and enhance our family legacy.”

Suan K. and Cing N.

Homeowner #987 - Suan is employed as a machine operator and Cing is a stay-at-home Mom taking care of their two young children.

The couple came from Burma and are very happy taking the next step toward their American Dream with the ownership of their own Habitat home.

EnriQue and Courtney R.

Homeowner #986 - EnriQue and Courtney feel their new home will give them a stable environment that will help improve their family’s stability, health and finances.

They look forward to having a yard where their kids can play – “a dream come true”.

Kodi H.

Homeowner #985 - When Kodi became a single Mom over 8 years ago, she started renting a house with maintenance issues that were very slow to be repaired and caused her to worry about mold. She faithfully paid her rent knowing that the money would be better spent toward owning her own home.

Kodi now has that home and is “excited to plant a garden and hold holiday festivities with my family”. She thanks Habitat and Everyone for their help.

Ana M.

Homeowner #984 - Ana is a single Mom with two sons. She is a brazing expert – creating the metal components that are used in geothermal heating and air conditioning systems.

Ana says she has dreamed for years of owning her own home and is thrilled to have it finally become a reality for her family.

Angela P.

Homeowner #983 - Angela came to our country from Venezuela about four years ago with the dream of providing a decent home for her kids. She appreciated the experience of being able to do volunteer hours and know that she contributed to the construction of her home.

Angela wanted a place where they all could have privacy and where she and her kids would have a backyard to play in. She says “I am very happy. Thank you so much.”

Irma C.

Homeowner #982 - Irma is a widow with three children. She comes from Mexico and now works as an orderly with a local nursing home.

She is very happy to have a stable home for her children and a chance for them to have a better life.

Micaela O.

Homeowner #981 - Micaela is originally from Mexico. She is mother to a grown son and a daughter with special needs.

She works hard and is very excited to finally have a home for her family.

Jose G. and Alejandra J.

Homeowner #980 - Jose and Alejandra were paying a very high rent for an apartment that wasn’t big enough for their young family.

Now they are thrilled to have their own home where everyone can have their own space.

Thang M. and Nem C.

Homeowner #979 - Thang and Nem are proud parents of two children.

They immigrated to the United States from Burma and are very excited to join the Habitat family.

Maria M.

Homeowner #978 - Maria is the mother of three sons and just celebrated the birth of her first grandchild. Maria makes delicious homemade tamales and flour tortilla.

Throughout the construction of her new home, she kept the Habitat crew very well fed.

Valentin and Aurora C.

Homeowner #977 - Valentin is a supervisor with a local construction company and Aurora is a stay-at-home Mom.

They are thrilled to have a home in a safe neighborhood with space for their family to grow and thrive.

Salomon R. and Angela L.

Homeowner #976 - Salomon and Angela immigrated to the United States from Mexico in search of a better life. With them they brought a lifelong dream to one day own their own home.

Habitat has helped them realize that dream.

Luke P. and Cin N.

Homeowner #975 -
This family also comes from Burma. Luke became a United States citizen in 2015.

Luke and Cin are thrilled to have their own home where their family flourish.

Thang P. and Nuam D.

Homeowner #974 - This couple came to the United States from Burma.

After living in an apartment in an unsafe neighborhood, Thang and Nuam look forward to greater safety and peace of mind in their new home.

Reniery E.

Homeowner #973 - Reniery received his medical training and was a university professor of medicine in Honduras before immigrating to the United States.

Now he is the Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator at Latino Community Development Association.

Adolfo S. and Gregoria C.

Homeowner #972 - Adolfo and Gregoria fled Mexico when Gregoria’s bakery was targeted by a drug cartel. They have been legal residents of the United States for several years now.

Both feel their Habitat home will provide them safety and security which will allow them to begin rebuilding Gregoria’s bakery business.

Elizabeth H.

Homeowner #971 - Elizabeth is the mother of four children and is a licensed practical nurse who works with the elderly.

To this family, a home “means everyone having a space to enjoy activities (indoor/outdoor) and also a personal quiet space when needed”.

Tonya T.

Homeowner #970 - Tonya is employed as a cook for a local organization that provides services for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. She has two sons, the oldest has Autism.

Her new home will allow the three of them to flourish in a positive, more stable environment.

Thang M. and Niang S.

Homeowner #969 - Thang is a machine operator and Niang works full time as a Mom.

After being cramped in a two-bedroom apartment, they are happy to have a new home with space for their family.

Matthew and Stephanie C.

Homeowner #968 - Matthew, Stephanie and their three children have been living in an unsafe environment that had multiple safety issues – not the least of which was mold.

They are thrilled to now have a home that is safe, affordable, and will provide their family a brighter future.

Ariel B.

Homeowner #967 - Ariel will tell you that her life hit “bottom” when she was 25. It was then that she made the decision to turn her life around.

Now she stays involved with the programs that helped her and makes “an effort to mentor and be there for the women that are going through what I went through.” She now has a new home where she can offer safety and stability to her son. Together they can build a future with wonderful family memories.

Jaime and Juana G.

Homeowner #966 - Jaime and Juana are from Mexico.

They are excited to have a home with more space where their children can grow up.

Kam M. and Huai N.

Homeowner #965 - Kam and Huai came from Malaysia to live in the United States. They are excited to have a house in a safe neighborhood where they can raise their daughters and son.

They say “Our Habitat home will help us to be where we need to be as a family.”

Sussy B.

Homeowner #964 - Sussy has worked in the Oklahoma Public School system since 2006.

She looks forward to raising her daughter in their own home in a safe neighborhood with good schools.

Francisco L. and Anayeli R.

Homeowner #963 - Francisco and Anayeli came to the United States from Mexico. Francisco is a machine operator for an oilfield support company and Anayeli is a stay-at-home Mom.

They are excited at the opportunity of providing a better future for their family that owning their own home gives them.

Nereyda M.

Homeowner #962 - Nereyda and her children have been renting for a long time. Her dream was to have a stable environment where her family could feel safe.

Nereyda is a project manager with the Oklahoma Housing Authority so it seems fitting that she now has a new home to call her own.

Tania Perez B.

Homeowner #961 - Due to unexpected life circumstances, Tania has become the head of her extended family.

She says her new Habitat home “will be a place of happiness and security. Not only for my family, but for friends. Without a doubt, a huge gift from God.”

Van U. and Khun D.

Homeowner #960 - Van and Khun are from Mayanmar. Shortly after they were married, Van came to the United State. It took another three years before Khun was able to join him and they eventually became U.S. citizens.

They now have three children. They needed a safe area with good schools where they could raise their family. Van thanks God, the U.S.A. and Habitat for making his dreams come true.

Ernest M.

Homeowner #959 -
Ernest says after a life with “many mistakes and missed opportunities”, he finally feels like he is on the right track.

His new Habitat home will give him greater stability and confidence as he continues his positive journey forward.

Jeffrey and Flor E.

Homeowner #958 - Jeffrey and Flor lived in a small mobile home before getting their Habitat home.

They now have a home with space for their family to grow in a safe neighborhood and their young son has his own back yard to play in.

Lal C. and Ngun B.

Homeowner #957 - Lal and Ngun left Burma to build a new life for themselves and their family.

After living in a cramped apartment, they are very excited to have their own home where they can raise their children.

Desire and Chanceline F.

Homeowner #956 - This couple came from Cameroon to make Oklahoma City their home. Chanceline served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Both Desire and Chanceline work in the medical profession.

Their goal was “to find a bigger place that’s safe for our kids and where they can concentrate on their education.”

Robert and Anika M.

Homeowner #955 - Robert and Anika have two boys. They are grateful for the opportunities their new Habitat home offers their family.

He says “We are all going to need help throughout life no matter what it is. Providing a helping hand in the community is a great service.” Robert set two goals for himself: marry Anika and own his own home before the age of 30. He sees these accomplishments as “honestly amazing”.

Tristan and Heather G.

Homeowner #954 - Tristan and Heather say their new Habitat home “will provide stability for our family and a safe place for our children to grow and play in their own backyard!”

They thank Habitat for this opportunity of affordable home ownership.

Ruben and Trinidad T.

Homeowner #953 - Ruben and Trinidad have always lived in mobile homes. They say that was okay until their youngest daughter was born with a chromosome disorder that led to Down Syndrome. As she gets older, it gets harder to take care of her in such a small space.

Their son is in college and they have another daughter who will be ready for college soon. Their new Habitat home means they “won’t have to worry about high payments, so they can help their kids with college”. They say, “It is our family’s dream come true. This home will ensure a better future for the whole family.”

Geraldin and Martine N.

Homeowner #952 - Geraldin and Martine have lived in a one bedroom apartment for the last two years with their two daughters.

They say “We need more room and a secure future for our family which Habitat is providing for us.”

Erica C.

Homeowner #951 - Erica is a single Mom who has tried to teach her children that a good life is measured by time, and how well it is spent, rather than by what we possess. She says “Showing them the house plans, with each finally getting their own room, was such a reward for all the times she has had to say “No” to them.”

It was a blessing that Erica never thought she would be able to give them. She is “overwhelmingly grateful” thinking of all the experiences she will be able to create that she feels would never have been possible without a home.

Amber S.

Homeowner #950 - Amber and her four children were in the midst of mourning the loss of two very important men in their lives when she got the news that she had been approved for a new home. She had so many emotions, but felt “being able to own our new home is the best thing that I could have imagined”.

Amber said “This is our opportunity to start over fresh. We now have a future to look forward to because of Habitat for Humanity and feel we will never be able to thank you enough.”

Reynaldo and Elisa G.

Homeowner #949 - Reynaldo is a welder and Elisa is a stay-at-home Mom.

They are happy to have a new home and thank Habitat for the opportunity that was given to them.

Abraham L. and Yesenia C.

Homeowner #948 - Abraham and Yesenia have two small children and are happy to move from their cramped two bedroom rental home to their new Habitat home.

They are grateful for the opportunity given to them for the chance of home ownership.

Vial C. and Dim C.

Homeowner #947 - Vial, Dim and their four children moved to their new home from a two-bedroom apartment they had lived in since 2016.

This family wants to thank Habitat for helping them fulfill their dream of becoming home owners in a safe community.

William and Loraine C.

Homeowner #946 - William and Loraine felt paying rent every month contributed nothing to their future. Their new home gives them many things: a safe neighborhood, their own fenced yard, a community where they can make friends, but mostly the opportunity of working towards owning their own house.

Loraine dreams of growing vegetables in her garden and William looks forward to having room in his garage to have a workshop.

Biak C. and Leng Z.

Homeowner #945 - Biak and Leng seized the opportunity of having more room and the possibility of a secure future for themselves and their three children.

They “thank Habitat for making this home ownership a reality”.

Myint T. and Daw M.

Homeowner #944 - Myint is a Machine Operator and Daw is a Stay-at-home Mom taking care of their 3 children.

This couple states “We are forever thankful for Habitat and the opportunity of owning our first home.”

Lang K. and Niang C.

Homeowner #943 - This couple needed room for their young ones to grow.

Lang and Niang are excited to have their own home with a backyard and thank Habitat for the opportunity they were given.

Zeenat T.

Homeowner #942 - Zeenat was denied for the Habitat program twice, but she persevered and the third time she was accepted.

She said “I am so glad. I can’t express my feelings to imagine being a homeowner”.

Mario and Dulce T.

Homeowner #941 - Mario and Dulce have known each other since he was nine and she was seven. After a four year engagement, they were married in Mexico in January, 2017. Four months later, Mario finally received his green card after years of waiting and they moved to Oklahoma.

Their new home gives them “the opportunity to start our own loving home without the burden of having to make huge payments each month”. Dulce says “we are thankful for this great opportunity that has been given to us from Habitat”.

Kristen F.

Homeowner #940 - Kristen says “This is the best thing that has ever happened in my life!” Her home gives her “security, safety, and most of all, happiness and contentment”.

She thanks all the volunteers who offered their time to a total stranger and adds “this is a dream come true for me and I feel so blessed by this experience”.