A critical repair and peace of mind | Brian’s Home Repair Story

As he stood and admired his freshly built wooden ramp, Brian, a Navy Veteran, explained how he looked forward to freely navigating around his home. Recently, Brian had a nasty fall while trying to climb the steps to his front door with his walker, resulting in a broken rib. This event was the final straw […]

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Rebuilding A Sense of Home | Kyaw and Maday’s Story

Wiping sweat from their faces after a successful day of swinging hammers at the frames of their soon-to-be home, Kyaw and Maday feel a sense of achievement. A Habitat for Humanity banner, zip-tied to the fence surrounding the community, waves in the wind, announcing to all who pass by that their neighbors are working to […]

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Building Leila’s Forever Home

If you stepped into Leila’s house in 2013, she would have welcomed you into a bright and open home that had enough room to house her whole family. The house provided shelter and a safe place for her family to grow in, but what her family lacked was stability and peace of mind.   “The […]

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She dreamed it, then built it with Habitat | Teberih’s Story

While Teberih commuted to her job at the Oregon Health & Science University where she worked as a housekeeper, she passed by the Habitat office on Killingsworth Street. The logo design of three stick figures celebrating the roof over their heads and the words ‘Habitat for Humanity’ piqued her attention. Her dream for the longest […]

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Building and sharing a brighter future | Ricardo’s Story

When Ricardo partnered with Habitat for Humanity to purchase a home in Southwest Portland in 2015, he began a new life as a homeowner. Six years later, he has found the stability and safety that he needed to weather through hardships like the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he has a brighter horizon with the opportunity to build equity in the home for his family’s future.  Ricardo first found […]

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A Stable Homebase for a Family | Salwa’s Story

Image Caption: From right to left: Salwa (Mom), Mohamed (Brother), Douha (Sister), Sam (Brother), and Abdullah (close family friend). It was a rainy morning the day Salwa, a soon-to-be homeowner, walked up to the office of Habitat for Humanity to meet with the Homeownership Team. She was filled with excitement and anticipation for days and […]

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Building a Better Future: Jamie’s Story

Written by: Jeremy Brautman, Volunteer storyteller  Jamie spends her days supporting life-affirming independence for adults with disabilities, but soon she’ll be building equity toward her own independence—financial independence, that is. Her new home will allow her to save money on a monthly basis while reaping the longer-term benefits of affordable homeownership.   As a single mother with a busy service career, Jamie isn’t used to putting […]

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Taking Control of Their Destiny: Ther Moo and Saw Gler’s Story

Nothing was ever the same after that joyful day when Ther Moo and Saw Gler found out they were approved to purchase an affordable home through Habitat for Humanity. Their previous worries of living in a rough neighborhood, increasing rental prices, and the possibility of being evicted on a whim evaporated into the distance. The family feels happy knowing that they’ll have stability over their home and control over their destiny.     Before living in the United […]

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