A special new home in Sarpy County

After leaving Sudan and seeking asylum in the U.S., Magid and Sara decided to call Nebraska home. Wanting to provide their children with a stable place to call their own, they decided to apply to Habitat for Humanity of Sarpy County’s Homeownership Program.

Over 20 families had applied in hopes of purchasing one of the two houses available. Magid and Sara were selected to partner with Habitat Sarpy County – now part of Habitat Omaha.

“It was so amazing, so great,” Magid said. “The opportunity is not given to everybody.”

While on their path to homeownership, their family experienced financial problems, forcing Magid to work two jobs.

“It was tough, but Habitat really stood by us,” he said.

Magid and Sara have spent many hours working alongside construction staff to help build their home. After months of eagerly waiting for their house to be finished, their closing date has finally come. Magid and Sara closed on their Bellevue home on October 21, 2020. While every closing is a cause to celebrate, this one is extra special as it’s Habitat Omaha’s first in the area since Habitat Sarpy County and Habitat Omaha joined forces earlier this year.

About their new home, Sara said, “Our family will be more settled.”

It hasn’t been an easy journey for Magid and Sara, but they are looking forward to starting the next chapter of their lives in their newly built home.

“If you really want a good house, in a good area, people at Habitat are going to help you,” Magid said. “But also, you have to do your part.”