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.

Building a Safe Home in Omaha

Building a Safe Home in Omaha

On Christmas day in 2005, Malual and Bina met at a gathering at Malual’s aunt’s house. As the party wound down, Malual asked for Bina’s phone number, and as the saying goes, the rest was history. One year later, they were married, setting out to build a life and family together.

Neighbors with Lions

Neighbors with Lions

When Nyanchiew first came to the United States from South Sudan, she believed it was going to be paradise. Unfortunately, it was much more difficult than she had imagined, but Nyanchiew persevered. Now, she is preparing to purchase her family’s first home through an affordable Habitat Omaha loan.

A Home for Christmas

A Home for Christmas

Ebony was the first person in her extended family to attend college and will soon be the first to own her own house. As we gathered to celebrate Ebony’s achievement at her Habitat Omaha home dedication, we were reminded that with a little help, we all have the potential to stand on our own. Here are few of the happy moments from the celebration.

New Roofs for Two Neighbors

New Roofs for Two Neighbors

When she started finding shingles in her yard, Ruth knew she needed to replace her roof. She had volunteered with Habitat Omaha through her church in the past, but she didn’t know about the Home Repair Program until she spoke with program manager Danyelle, who encouraged her to apply for an interest free loan to take care of replacing her roof.

A Life Changing Experience

A Life Changing Experience

Our Global Village team had the opportunity to work alongside several fun-loving, dedicated staff members from Habitat El Salvador’s construction crew. Our group of twelve hauled over 150 wheelbarrows of dirt and sand uphill to mix it by hand with cement for the floors of the home. The work was strenuous and the conditions were steamy, but the week flew by.

Homeownership is Our Happiness

Homeownership is Our Happiness

Aquedzox, Yesica and their three children, Randy, Xitlalic and Aurus will celebrate their homeowner anniversary this Thanksgiving. The holiday will mark two years since the family spent a chilly Thanksgiving day moving into their brand new Habitat Omaha house. A house that has given them happiness, relief and security.

Our Light at the End of the Tunnel

Our Light at the End of the Tunnel

Jean’s focus these past five years has naturally been on caring for Ellis, and little by little, their home fell into disrepair. They looked into hiring someone to do the repairs and quickly learned the cost was beyond anything their budget could handle. Things looked and felt hopeless as they wondered if they’d be able to stay in their home.

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

Family is a major support system for Ebony and her two sons, JJ (7) and EJ (2). With the love and support of her parents, grandparents, and “aunties,” Ebony is the first person in her extended family to go to college, and now will be the first to own her own home.

Finding Their Sanctuary

Finding Their Sanctuary

Caught in the middle of violent civil unrest in Bhutan, Bhim and his family were forced to leave the country when he was six years old. The family moved to a refugee camp in Nepal where they lived for 16 years. Seeing the potential for unrest and war if they returned to Bhutan or the surrounding region, Bhim’s family decided not to go back. Instead they chose “the peaceful choice” – moving to the United States