Nyapak applied to Habitat Omaha’s Homeownership Program three times before finally being accepted. She never gave up. She worked harder to qualify with each denial she received. Nyapak was determined to provide a safe, stable home for her children. Now, on her fourth try, she is on track to become a first-time homeowner in the Spring of 2018!
Story Collection: Homeowners
Family time is precious to Magaly and Baltazar. Whenever they can, they enjoy playing games and watching movies with their children. “My family is my priority,” says Magaly, “my kids bring joy and laughter to my life.” Even though their children range in age from 17 to 2 years old, the family is close. The two oldest, Karina (17), and Manuel (16), are musically gifted.
To look at Deb Townsend’s home from the outside, few people would guess anything was wrong. It was a secret she kept from her neighbors, her friends and even her family. “I just didn’t talk about it,” Deb remembers. For more than two years, Deb had been living without a working furnace in her home.
Linda, born in Washington and raised in Seattle by her grandmother, moved to Omaha to be near her father after he was diagnosed with cancer. After graduating high school, it took her several years to find a direction. She changed jobs and moved several times before taking a CNA course and landing a good job with opportunities for advancement.
“We want to be the first homeowners in our family tree. We want a home where all of our family can come visit,” David and LaShae agree. Born and raised in Omaha, both David and LaShae have strong support systems and lots of family members close by. Family game night, Sunday night dinner and a big family Thanksgiving are just a few of their traditions.
A quarter of a century ago, Twila was a single parent living with her mother to save money. Her first exposure to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha and the idea of owning a home herself came one fall day in 1989 when a parade went through her neighborhood and some Habitat Omaha volunteers roofing a house nearby decided to make a sign and join in.