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.

A Shared Purpose

A Shared Purpose

Alex Smith always enjoyed following her dad around and offering help. She found maintenance work interesting, which is why she agreed to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia. “I originally thought, ‘what in the world can I do that’s going to impact or help?’” Smith says. …

Little Claps of Thunder

Little Claps of Thunder

It was those little things – the experiences, interactions and smiles – that made the overall trip a glorious experience. Those seemingly small moments that touch your heart and soul, reminding you to take in every experience, sight and sound. My dad was right when he called them “little claps of thunder.”

Beyond the Blueprints: Meet Melanie

Beyond the Blueprints: Meet Melanie

“Every day I help people build their home and make it their own,” says Melanie Boone, an interior designer. Boone wanted to go beyond seeing blueprints and floorplans; she wanted to see how houses are built. Her interest in the construction process is what brought Boone to Habitat for Humanity of Omaha.

2018: A Memorable Year

2018: A Memorable Year

In the past three weeks alone we’ve dedicated 14 Habitat Omaha homes. Gathering together, we blessed the houses, handing over keys to first-time homeowners who inspire us with their dedication to creating a brighter future for themselves and a stronger community for us all.

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.