“Habitat has opened my eyes to the value of hard work, and to be a part of building your very own home makes you appreciate it even more!”, Tasha - Habitat Homeowner
meet our partner families
Our 2021 Community Build Applicant Homeowner is Blake, a single dad with 3 teenage children. Blake has been a dedicated, hardworking father and provider for his kids and will move Heaven and Earth to be with them. He currently lives in a 2-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis and works as a server at Cobblestone Grill in Zionsville, where he has been for 3 years. He applied for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County in 2019 and has been working hard with his Budget Coach, Deb, and Mentor, Margie. He is so thankful for their guidance through all the ups and downs of last year! He is so excited to have a home for stability for his kids, but also to work in his garden, BBQ, put up Christmas lights on the porch and hand out candy at Halloween. Blake says “I am ready for my life to be predictable and stable. I’m ready to have my forever home.”
They had a happy life in Aleppo, Syria. Mohamad was a cobbler, with his store in the space below their home, and Nisreen was busy raising their 3 children. The bombing in their neighborhood was fierce, destructive, and very unexpected. They lost everything they had worked so hard for and were forced to flee the country on foot with just a few clothes in bags. Mohamad’s mother had severe heart problems, so he lovingly carried her on his back many miles to the Turkish Border. At one point in their journey to safety, they had to walk for four hours on a 2-3-foot-wide path with deadly landmines on either side and their small children in tow. They arrived at the home of a relative’s house close to the border where they rested for three days. After crossing the Turkish border, they stayed with many others from their town – 18 in all – in a small room looking to start their lives over in this new country. Mohamad found a job as caretaker and eventually found a small house to rent. After settling into their new life, they applied through the United Nations for Refugee status to come to the United States. After five years, they were on a plane for the US – having added two children to their family and Nisreen pregnant with their sixth child. They arrived in Indianapolis and were set up in an apartment. The older children were enrolled in school in their Newcomer class to learn English. For the past three years, Nisreen has worked as an order packer at a local warehouse and Mohamad is navigating virtual schooling with their five children. They applied with Habitat for Humanity of Boone County with the dream of home ownership and a forever home. Their house will be built this summer in Lebanon, Indiana.