Family Stories

Judy, Njeri and Koi

Dear Friends of Habitat, Your generous support to Habitat for Humanity changes lives—and sometimes saves them. When my daughters Njeri and Koi were very little, we fled Kenya to seek asylum in the United States. We arrived here with little more than memories of the violence that took away not only our home, but my… Read more »

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Hannah and Jeffery

Moving to Sonoma County from Los Angeles at seven years old, Hannah found home. She’s left and returned, but this is the place, the community, where she and her family belong. Her husband, Jeffrey, grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. Both coming to Sonoma from somewhere else, they appreciate the land and the people with… Read more »

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Sonoma Wildfire Cottage Families

Welcome Home—Nine families directly impacted by the wildfires will be provided temporary rental housing for 2 to 5 years. The nine Cottages will provide housing for families working to rebuild or secure other permanent housing. The 1 and 2 bedroom homes range from 380 to 744 square feet and are located at the Medtronic Fountaingrove… Read more »

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Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez was laughing “I’ll show up tomorrow (at the dedication of his Habitat house) with big dark circles under my eyes,” because he expected to be too excited to sleep all night. What was he most looking forward to? “Celebrating with all the volunteers with heart who made the magic. It’s magic, a miracle,”… Read more »

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Jasmine Palmer

Own a Home

Building a New Life: Prospective Homeowner Partner Jasmine Palmer In her own unvarnished words, Jasmine Palmer “learned to be a responsible adult” later in life than she would have liked. But after years of “living like an adolescent teenager getting in trouble all the time,” she found herself at a crossroads, separated from her two… Read more »

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Karen Redding

Karen Redding describes her Habitat Homeownership as “an amazing dream come true.” A single mom with two kids – Arabella then 9 and Andrew 15 – she was working full time, and living in a 700 s.f. two-bedroom cottage. Each child had a bedroom and she slept in the living room. The cottage had mold… Read more »

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