Meet Our Families

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

Dahl Pu B. and Cing N.

Homeowner #1036 - Dahl Pu and Cing are happy to have a new home in which to raise their four young children.

Dahl Pu says “I am thankful to Habitat for Humanity for giving me the opportunity to own a safe home for my family.”

Ronald N.

Homeowner #1035 - Ronald is a single guy who sees getting a Habitat house as a good step to focusing on his future. He has family and friends that he is eager to host in his own home and back yard.

He says “I am excited to work in partnership with Habitat so I can learn new things and help be a part of someone else’s journey. I’m just excited for the opportunity!”

Glenny P.

Homeowner #1034 - Glenny is Cuban and looks forward to getting together with family and friends in his new home. He is a hardworking guy and is so happy to have this home to show that all his hard work has paid off.

He says “Thank you, Habitat for Humanity, for helping my dream of owning my own brand new beautiful home come true.”

Patrick and Bethanie K.

Homeowner #1033 - Patrick and Bethanie are proud that they helped in the construction of their new home and learned about the responsibilities of ownership and upkeep. They are gardeners and like to grow non-native fruits and vegetables like pineapples and passionfruit.

Patrick and Bethanie say “Thank you to Habitat for providing us and our family with a better future.”

Kayreesha G.

Homeowner #1032 - Kayeesha is the proud Mom to “the best son I could have asked for”.

She says “We are excited about our home and more than grateful for Habitat and this opportunity.”

Margo and Sarah S.

Homeowner #1030 - Margo is the single Mom and sole caregiver for her 29 year old daughter, Sarah. Sarah was born with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus and needs an environment that accommodates her special needs. In 2005, they found the perfect duplex to rent and Sarah was able to begin to do many things for herself that she had never been able to do before. She was beginning to find her independence. Their landlord became “family” and life was good.

Unfortunately, when he died last year, it looked like they would have to find a new home. That is when a friend told Margo about Habitat for Humanity. She checked out a COHFH community and was so impressed she immediately asked for an application. Now Margo and Sarah have their new home that was built specifically to fit their needs. Margo says “My goal in life is to be the very best caregiver for Sarah and to make sure she has a full, comfortable and happy life. Knowing she will have a permanent home that will be all hers after I am gone is a dream come true.”

Mohammed J. and Maryem B.

Homeowner #1029 - Mohammed and Maryem have two young sons. They applied with Habitat because they wanted to start investing their money into something that they would own.

Now they have the home they have always wanted with a backyard where their kids can play safely.

James and Blessing U.

Homeowner #1028 - James and Blessing are the parents of three children. Their two bedroom apartment was overcrowded.

Now they have a new Habitat home with enough space for them all to live comfortably.

Ashley M.

Homeowner #1027 - Ashley says “I have one son and this house is for him.” She feels their new home will provide security and stability for both of them. They now have a place of their own.

Ashley feels that homeownership “is the first step to generation wealth and having a nice life”.

Rodolfo T. and Elizabeth M.

Homeowner #1026 - Rodolfo and Elizabeth began their married life in Utah and moved to Oklahoma in 2017 to be near her aging parents. They hoped to buy a home of their own, but didn’t know how to begin the process. Elizabeth’s nephew told them about the Habitat program and how they could begin their affordable journey to getting their own home just as he had done.

They are now more optimistic about their family’s future. They are investing their time and money in something that is theirs. They feel “that we are securing our children’s future as we learn to be responsible homeowners and as we teach them the same through this lifetime trip.”

Latonia B.

Homeowner #1025 - Latonia is a single mother of four sons. She wanted to have her own home where each of them could have some space of their own.

They are all excited to have a home that they helped build.

Phua T. and Ngun T.

Homeowner #1023 - Phua and Ngun were living with their three children in a cramped, rundown, two-bedroom apartment overrun with mice. They applied for a Habitat home because they wanted a place where they could be at ease.

Now they have their new, neat, clean and safe home.

Margarita H.

Homeowner #1022 - Margarita came to the United States from Mexico 30 years ago looking for a better life. From that time to now, she became a U.S. citizen, married and raised a family.

Now she thanks Habitat for Humanity for helping her have her own home.

Alejandro C. and Lillian P.

Homeowner #1021 - Alejandro and Lillian came to this country in 2018 from Guatemala. They wanted a safe place for their young daughter.

Another Habitat homeowner told them about the homeownership program and now they have a new home where they can raise a family.

Alfredo N. and Susana S.

Homeowner #1020 - Alfredo and Susana were living in California when they had their first child. They had a small apartment but shared a kitchen and bathroom with other families. When they were expecting their second child, they decided to move to Oklahoma looking for better opportunities.

Now they have their own home where they have a bathroom and kitchen just for their family and their own backyard where their kids can play and be safe.

Juana L.

Homeowner #1019 - Juana is a single mother to a teenage son. She had goals, but Life kept getting in the way. She writes, “Then, one day something great happened! I found out about Habitat for Humanity. I applied and was approved. You have no idea how much this program is going to change our lives!”

She goes on to say, “Programs like this make what seems impossible, possible for people like me. I am a hard worker and I don’t mind putting those extra hours, but it seemed the harder I worked, the less attainable my goals become. That is why I will always be grateful to Habitat for Humanity.

Youssef I. and Drissia G.

Homeowner #1018 - Youssef works for USPS and Drissia is a stay-at-home Mom to their young son.

They are happy to have a new home in a safe area with great schools.

Kevin and Jennifer A.

Homeowner #1017 - Kevin and Jennifer were both born in Dallas, Texas. They married in 2007 and moved to Oklahoma in 2008. They say they “love it (Oklahoma) more than we ever thought was possible.”

They are excited “to make forever memories in our new forever home and to give our son a home he can grow up in, and one day have our grandchildren be able to make memories, as well.”

Leah W.

Homeowner #1015 - Leah is a single mother with two kids. She was moved around a lot when she was a kid and never knew what having friends and a real home meant. She is glad her kids won’t have to know what that feels like.

Leah said “Going through this program is teaching me a lot about caring for a home and helping others.” She feels blessed to have the opportunity to have her “forever” home.

Mohammed C. and Soumia B.

Homeowner #1014 - Mohammed works for the USPS and Soumia is a stay-at-home Mom to their two small children. Their apartment was too small for their growing family.

They already know some of their new neighbors and are looking forward to becoming part of their new community.

Genaura M.

Homeowner #1013 - Genaura has struggled as a single mother to give her daughter a sense of security. She sees their new home, and community, as what they need to make them both feel some stability.

She says “I feel this program gave us an opportunity that can never be repaid. One I thought I would never see and I will always be humbled to all involved.”

Betty A.

Homeowner #1012 - Betty and four of her five kids were living in a mobile home. She says they are a normal family full of dreams and adds, “I strongly believe that every American’s dream is to one day own a house to achieve peace of mind, raise happy, confident, responsible kids”.

She says when she told her kids they were getting a Habitat house, the smiles on their faces were priceless. She adds “Everything I do is for the love I have for my family”.

Marissa H.

Homeowner #1011 - After having her son, Marissa took a leap of faith and applied for a Habitat home. She was denied several times, but with a lot of patience and prayer she was finally approved and on her way to becoming a Habitat homeowner.

She looks forward to living in a safe environment with a great school district and having more space to entertain her son and loved ones. She says “My volunteer work with Habitat has been a huge learning experience”,

Brittni P.

Homeowner #1010 - Brittni wanted to provide her young daughter a home, not just a house, and a safe environment, not just a common place where they stayed.

She wrote “More importantly, knowing that I am now a part of something greater than me, that touches lives and enriches them daily, I will forever be grateful! Thank you, Habitat for Humanity, for this opportunity! You’ve done it again, another families future significantly brighter."

Ram Z. and Martha D.

Homeowner #1009 - Ram and Martha are refugees from Myanmar. They came to this country over 4 years ago and are “really, really happy to be in the U.S.A.”

They are very excited about their new home and say “GOD BLESS AMERICA!”.

Dameia L. and John E.

Dameia and John are happy to make renting a thing in their past.

They are happy to have an affordable first home in a beautiful community.

Ana and Fausto L.

Homeowner #1008 - Fausto was a college baseball player and decided to stay and make OKC his home. Ana is an Administrative Assistant at an assisted living facility. Their new home allows them to leave unsafe, rundown and overcrowded apartments behind.

They have a 4-year-old son and would like to add to their family. Now they feel they have the space and security their growing family needs.

Kingsely N. and Prisca N.

Homeowner #1007 - Kingsely and Prisca immigrated from Cameroon. They decided to apply for Habitat because they were ready to start a family and wanted to stop moving around constantly and to have a safer, permanent home. They also felt that they were paying too much in rent.

Prisca was already pregnant when they applied with Habitat and had given birth to a healthy baby by the time they closed on their home.

Ashley W. and Rose W.

Homeowner #1006 - These sisters wrote “A Habitat home equals a safe place; somewhere we and our two (big) puppies can live without having to worry about being harassed or thrown out for no reason. A place we can start a family/families and feel secure.

My sister and I love to learn and to help people, so Habitat is a perfect fit. Not only do we get to finally have a place to call home, but we also get to help others achieve the same.”

Cassidy and Garrett D

Homeowner #1005 - Cassidy received a B.S. in community health from the OU and Garrett attended West Point Military Academy where he played division 1 soccer and was named All-American in 2010. In 2013, they introduced the sport of futsal to Oklahoma by opening their own business called Sportshouse Development. They also started Futsal Academy, a nonprofit designed to help kids play futsal regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.

Cassidy and Garrett appreciate the opportunity that Habitat for Humanity has created for the future of their family. Their new house payment will significantly improve their budget and allow them to move toward a place of financial freedom. They say “Habitat for Humanity recognizes that “It takes a village” and we will forever be indebted to their mission.”

Carlos E. and Maria R.

Homeowner #1004 - Carlos and Maria came to this country from Mexico 14 years ago. It took 7 years and was a very expensive process, but they wanted a better life. They worked hard and paid off the bills they had accumulated and thought they were unable to afford their own home until they heard about Habitat for Humanity.

They are very excited about making their dream a reality and hope to continue volunteering and help others fulfill their own dreams.

Jolesa R.

Homeowner #1003 - Jolesa is a single Mom with four children of her own and a foster child she has added to her family. She is happy to have a new home where all of her kids will have room to grow.

The whole family is looking forward to making new friends in their new neighborhood. .

Tori W.

Homeowner #1002 - Tori wanted a place to call her own, but mostly she wanted a place of stability for her son to grow up in and call home.

She wanted him to have “somewhere safe to look back and reflect on his childhood.”

Tomas and Alicia G.

Homeowner #1001 - Tomas and Alicia came to the United States from Mexico in search of a better future and chose to become citizens.

They are thankful to Central Oklahoma Habitat for making it possible for them to own their new home.

Brittani G.

Homeowner #1000 - Brittani grew up in Michigan and came to Oklahoma for school. She is an LPN and the mother of two small boys.

Brittani is excited about having her own home where she and her children can “love, learn and grow” and grateful to be able to begin a new chapter in her life with hope for the future.

Oretha L.

Homeowner #999 - Oretha is a single Mom. She is an administrative clerk for a large insurance company.

Oretha feels her new home will provide her and her son the security that has been lacking in their lives.

Anarbol D. and Cinthia C.

Homeowner #998 - Anarbol works for a local irrigation company and is working to establish his own business. Cinthia is a stay-at-home mom taking care of their two children.

They are excited to have a house in a safe neighborhood where they have the opportunity to better their lives.

Angelis R.

Homeowner #997 - Angelis is a single Mother with four children and two nephews she also took into her care. To say that their previous living conditions were unsatisfactory would be an understatement!

In addition to now having a home that accommodates them all, Angelis is happy that she is able to live near friends and family. She is grateful for the opportunity given her.

Ashley B.

Homeowner #996 - Ashley is a Logistics Management Specialist and also volunteers as a kindergarten tutor at a local elementary school. She sees her new home as an investment and also the place she hopes to eventually raise her own family.

Ashley says working with other Habitat homeowners while putting in her sweat equity hours was very meaningful on a personal level.

Alejandro L. and Misty G.

Homeowner #995 - Alejandro and Misty are originally from Mexico. In 2006, Alejandro was granted his United States citizenship.

The couple say they are grateful for the opportunity to partner with Habitat and finally have a home of their own.

Bruno and Patience K.

Homeowner #994 - Bruno and Patience come from Cameroon and have worked hard to make a new life in their new country. Bruno works for Home Depot and Patience is a certified nursing assistant at a local skilled nursing facility.

They say their new home is the fulfillment of a life-long dream.

Edgar and Yolanda R.

Homeowner #993 - Edgar and Yolanda began their life together in a small apartment and progressed to purchasing a small trailer home. As the kids grew it became apparent that this was not sufficient space in which to raise a family. They went back to renting, but were paying as much as they would for a house payment.

This led them to apply for Section 8 housing. Although that was a financial blessing, the environment was not good for their family: drugs, parking lot brawls and even occasional shootouts. Their new home holds the promise of providing a better future for their family.

Emiliano and Maria N.

Homeowner #992 - Emiliano works for Fox Building Supplies and Maria works at a local high school. Owning their own home has been a dream they’ve had for a long time.

Emiliano and Maria say they are looking forward to the stability that their own home will provide their family.

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.