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Homeownership “a dream come true” for Nancy and family

Most people start off the new year writing down their goals and aspirations until the next January rolls around. But Habitat homeowner Nancy began 2024 having already accomplished her lifelong dream – buying her own home.   “It’s a dream come true; I never thought in my life I would have a home,” Nancy said. “My […]

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After a long journey, Ellen and sons find comfort and safety in their Habitat home  

Ellen stands at her Ninja blender in her kitchen, preparing smoothies for herself and her sons as she does every morning. She knows pretty much everything there is to know about smoothies; various recipes are taped to the insides of her cupboards, and her freezer is filled with frozen berries and vegetables.    For Ellen’s family, smoothies are a lot […]

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The stability of homeownership allows Pamir to be fully present for his family

Almost two years to the day he moved in, Pamir sat in his Habitat home reflecting on the life he had built for his family over the past eight years in America.   He built it not only through working hard and finding a supportive community, but quite literally with his hands. He helped build the […]

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Tonya and her children find comfort and stability in their Habitat home

Nearly five years ago, Tonya accomplished what she previously believed to be an impossible feat: she became a Habitat homeowner all by herself.   “This is one of the things in my life that I hold as a model for everything,” she said. “If I can get through that, everything else is trivial.”  The path […]

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New home opens new possibilities for Elijah and family

For Elijah, owning a home has always been a far-fetched dream, something people did decades ago but was no longer a realistic goal for those living in today’s economy. So, when he found out he’d been selected as a future homeowner at Alder Commons, Habitat’s 8-home community in Hillsboro, he almost didn’t believe it was […]

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Reyna’s Habitat home a fresh start with unlimited possibilities

Walking into Reyna’s home in Northeast Portland, one thing about her is immediately clear: This woman loves purple.   The lavender and white ombre curtains are drawn in the summertime, keeping the living area cool, even on the third floor. A plush, tri-color blanket in violet hues is draped over the sofa, complimenting the purple […]

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From homeless to homeowner: Renatta’s Story 

Renatta grew up in the Pacific Northwest, bouncing from apartment to apartment with her grandmother.  “I’m the oldest of five, but my mother just couldn’t mother, so we were all separated in the foster care system and sent to various relatives,” Renatta said. “Thankfully, my grandmother took me in.”  Living with a disability, Renatta’s grandmother […]

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Homeowner story | Michele and the gift of a lasting home

Michele always knew she wanted to give her children the stable home she never had growing up. Her dad, who immigrated at age 8 from Mexico, worked from 6 am to 6 pm for almost his entire life to make sure that his family had food, clothes, and a roof over their heads. But that […]

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In Search of Security: Natalia’s Story 

Growing up in Guatemala with her mother, father, and great grandmother, Natalia knew what secure housing felt like. The family shared a farm with aunts and cousins, and she had a stable home. However, violence and poverty surrounded them, and after the earthquake of 1972, the family connected with a nonprofit organization and ultimately relocated […]

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