Before kicking off a recent Builders Blitz, Habitat Omaha invited Kountze Park neighbors living near the site to join the builders and volunteers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Kaia, then a high school student, knew she wanted to get involved. She liked the idea of breaking bread with members of her community and thought there was something more she could do as Habitat Omaha was helping improve her neighborhood.
Habitat Omaha Stories
From volunteering and donating to purchasing homes, shopping at Omaha’s Habitat ReStore and so much more, people partner with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha in a variety of ways. It’s these people who shape Habitat Omaha and help us as we strive to achieve our vision, “a world where everyone has a decent place to live”. Learn more about Habitat Omaha and find out how you can get involved by reading their stories.
WoodmenLife celebrates patriotism in many ways, including presenting United States and religious flags to non-profit and community organizations. The 2016 Builder’s Blitz marked the fifth year WoodmenLife partnered with Habitat Omaha to provide flags for Blitz homeowners.
In June of 2016, ACI teams from across the globe divided and conquered. Hundreds of ACI employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates around the world. The employees of ACI Omaha took part in this effort with more 90 team members volunteering over two days at Habitat Omaha’s Builders Blitz site.
Participating in the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project had been on Lucy Shepard’s ‘Bucket List’ ever since she first heard about it over 25 years ago. “I always wanted to do a Carter Build and I was so glad when Mona [McGregor] got picked and the other three decided to go. I was just thrilled,” she said.
Paul Jelinek has represented First Presbyterian Church as a member of two faith coalitions, recruiting volunteers, building homes, and helping to provide lunch for the work crews with the help of his wife, Nancy. When he heard Habitat Omaha was planning a Global Village mission trip to Nepal he was excited about the opportunity to combine his passion for travel with his commitment to Habitat.
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.
American flags fly proudly over several homes in the neighborhood and Ma Mu and Maw Chu’s yard is well kept. Next to the driveway, a child’s scooter waits in the grass as its young owner watches out the front window. A boot tray on the front porch indicates shoes are not worn inside this house.
Once they were accepted into Habitat for Humanity of Omaha’s Homeownership Program, both Christa and Shawn adjusted their work schedules in order to attend the eight required classes and work as many hours of sweat equity as they could every week, so they could select their own home. “They were very motivated,” said Arlett, Christa’s mother.