Lampi and Mitwele built this year alongside longtime Habitat partners, Kurt and Brenda Warner, and members of more than a dozen area churches as part of our “Building on Faith” effort. Mitwele gave birth to the couple’s third child just days after she helped to frame her forever home! The couple moved to Cedar Rapids in 2015, several years after meeting each other in a refugee camp in Zambia. Lampi and Mitwele are proud to have put down roots in Cedar Rapids and thrilled that homeownership has put them on a more stable financial path, allowing them to start saving for their children’s education!
Thank you for blessing these families in our 30th anniversary year!
One of the hardest workers we’ve ever had in our program, Katie built her Habitat home in just five days! Along with two other families, five area builders and hundreds of sponsors and volunteers, Katie was part of our fourth Home Builders Blitz. After years of renting a home in need of repairs and improvements, Katie, a certified nursing assistant, sees homeownership as the key to financial stability and security for her and her daughters. The girls’ favorite part of the new home is the cozy room they share, complete with bunk beds. Katie says the process of building with Habitat has changed her life!
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of a “Beloved Community” was the inspiration for our build in the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Historic District with Donacien, Safila and their four beautiful girls. As the first new home to be built in the area in 60 years, this building effort brought together a range of partners including several area churches. Having lived for several years in a crowded, expensive two-bedroom apartment, Donacien and Safila’s two-story home in one of Cedar Rapids’ most iconic neighborhoods will provide the family the firm foundation they need to be happy and
successful for years to come.