“To someone who’s never had a home of their own before, a key is precious metal. It opens more than just a door; it opens up a whole new way of life. That’s why Habitat for Humanity is so close to my heart. Everyone deserves a decent, affordable home, and together we can make that happen,” Reba McEntire, singer.

Read below to learn about some of the members of our Habitat family!

All 2014 Family photos generously donated by Jonathon Garcia.
All other Family photos generously donated by Guy Atchley.

2014 Selection

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The Bhat Family

Karla Bhat is looking forward to raising her family in a safe neighborhood. Currently living with her, in a 3-bedroom apartment, are Sabrina and Saira, Catalina Magnet High School senior and sophomore, and Blaine and Londyn Eldridge, John B. Wright Elementary School students. A Sales Manager with V. I. P. Publications, Karla’s hours are devoted […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Doewah Family

Aloysius & Winifred and their two children are from Liberia. Aloysius was at one point during the civil war in Liberia, forced to live in a cave. They became refugees by escaping into a neighboring country, where they found the language barrier very difficult to overcome. But overcome they did. “We spoke French and the […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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Gilberto Leon

Gilberto Leon who has worked as the sales manager for the local radio station 105.3, La Ponderosa, for 20 years. His radio station does public service announcements for Habitat for Humanity, and so he has known about the program for many years. He tried before to qualify for a Habitat house, but he said he […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Gonzalez Family

Mirna and Gabriel Gonzalez and their 11 year old daughter, Paulina, are currently renting a two bedroom house but are really looking forward to “establishing roots” in their new Habitat home. They were all at home when they were notified that they were accepted, and they were so happy. They immediately called Mirna’s mother and […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Leopoldo Family

Johnson Leopoldo and Rose Salvestro are the proud parents of five amazing children. Their journey to the United States was a long and harrowing one. Leopoldo and Rose originally hail from South Sudan, a country that has only very recently gained its independence from the Republic of the Sudan. South Sudan, in its brief history, […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Lujan Family

Sara Lujan is the loving, dedicated mother of three beautiful girls, Aubryana, Ayniesa and Aria. Sara has suffered from a serious heart condition for many years and has had to endure three surgeries to repair the problem, all of which were unsuccessful. After her second heart surgery, Sara developed an uncommon condition which complicated her […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Manzo Family

Susana is a single mom of three.  She has an 18 year old son, who will not be living with the family, and two daughters, 17 year-old Jennifer and 11 year-old Mercedes.  Suzana has been supporting her children on her own. Life became especially difficult when the economy slowed and she was laid off from […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Navarro Family

María Guadalupe (Lupita) Navarro is a proud employee of Tucson Medical Center. She supports her two daughters, her son and her grandson. When she received the call from Habitat, Lupita was very excited and proud of herself. Having her own home has been a long-term goal of Lupita’s that she’s worked very hard to achieve, […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Perez Family

Isanah is a recently divorced mother of 4 young children–son Heriberto, 9, and daughters Adamari, 8, Yileana, 7, and Zulai, 4.  Isanah is as a Medical Assistant/Pharmacy Tech with New Pueblo Medicine and loves to talk about her faith and her family. “My brother is getting a Habitat home in Yuma,” Isanah said. “Everyone is […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Ramirez Family

Jose Ramirez and Irene de la Paz are thrilled to become Habitat Homeowners! They are so excited that they completed their Sweat Equity in record time. Jose, Irene, and their two daughters moved to Tucson two years ago from Los Angeles, where the rising cost of living forced them to relocate. A move that has […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Ramos Family

Veronica is a single mother of four and grandmother of two.  The oldest, daughter, Anita, is 20 and is also a mother of two–1 year old Veronica and 1 month old Julian.  Daughter Angelita and sons Manuel, 7, and Armando, 5, bring the total to seven household members.  This rambunctious brood currently rent a house […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Salcido Family

Nadine is a single mother of Krystal, 21, and Eddie, 16.  She is employed by Carondelet Heart and Vascular as a receptionist and has worked there for 15 years.  Currently the Salcido family rent a home that they originally obtained through a reasonable rate.  Due to small increase in her income the assistance ended so […] Click here to read the rest of this story

2013 Selection

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The Martinez Family

Cynthia works with the Enrollment Department for the Pasqua Yaqui tribe.  Her co-worker owns a Habitat home and encouraged her to apply. “I was excited,” said Cynthia about when she was approved for a Habitat home.  “I was at work and we were in the middle of a big project, so I had to wait […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Marcum Family

Randy Marcum, his wife Sarah Marcum and their daughter Sophie, 1,  currently share a two-bedroom one-bathroom apartment. Randy suffers from brittle bone disease and underwent surgery at the end of August, 2012. The apartment they currently live in is not wheelchair accessible. “The apartment is not safe,” said Randy. “We want something safe for Sophie, […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Foutz Family

Nichole Foutz and her three children Aaliyah, 7, Donnell, 6 and Ayden, 2, will soon enjoy  having a house they can call their own and a backyard where the kids and their dog, Cocoa, can play. They currently live in a 2 bedroom, 800 sq. ft. apartment with no backyard. “We move every year and […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Jordan Family

Samuel, his wife Nadia, and their eight-month old son Samuelito, or “little Samuel,” currently share a three-bedroom, two-bath mobile home. “It’s a stepping stone to provide stability for our family,” said Samuel about being approved for a Habitat home.  “I’m very family oriented.  It’s going to be a home-base for us and our extended family.” […] Click here to read the rest of this story

2012 Selection

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The Ramirez Family

“We’ve been through so much.  Sometimes we didn’t have money for food and [my kids] knew and didn’t ask for more.  They were only four and six,” said Linda Ramirez. “[Our home] is the biggest prize at the end of the road.”Linda and her children, Angel, 13, and Camila, 10, are over the moon about […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Ibarra Family

Lupita Ibarra was born in Sonora, Mexico and at the age of 21 she came to the United States. Eight years ago her husband passed away. Now, Lupita and her son, Arturo, 25, share a two-bedroom and  two-bathroom mobile home. Lupita is currently attending the University of Phoenix and will be graduating with a B.A. […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Herrera Family

Rebeca Herrera and her one-year-old daughter Zuli, currently share a two-bedroom, one-bath duplex. Rebeca was hesitant about applying for a Habitat home. “At first, before I had my daughter, I didn’t think I would qualify,” Rebeca said, but having a baby changed her mind. “When I had my daughter I thought the least I could […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Jackson Family

The Jackson Family La-Recia Jackson and her daughters, Diamond, 17, Kali, 15 and Michal,14, share a four-bedroom and two-bathroom rental home. A family friend who is also a Habitat Homeowner encouraged La-Recia to apply for a home for her and her daughters. “A few weeks later I got a really great phone call. I was […] Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Rogers Family

The Rogers Family J.J. Rogers and her daughter Brittany, 21, currently share a one-bedroom, one-bath freestanding apartment which J.J. has lived in for 32 years. When the American Airlines office, where J.J. works closed, she had to either move to another state or be able to provide her own home office. J.J. was able to […] Click here to read the rest of this story

2008 Selection

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Rosa McFeaters

Rosa McFeaters thought that with her lack of credit, owning a home was out of reach. Until, one day, she saw an article in the newspaper about Habitat for Humanity. She said she clipped that article and held onto it, and dreamed…. Click here to read the rest of this story

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Claudia Acosta

Claudia can’t wait to move into her new Habitat for Humanity home. She can’t wait for her daughters, Dafnhe and Dailea, to each have their own room in a house they own instead of the one-bedroom apartment they all share now. She can’t wait to decorate and she especially can’t wait to be only blocks from her big sister, Orfalidia, who moved into her Habitat home in June 2008… Click here to read the rest of this story

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Terri Figueroa

We’ve all had a bad day at work, but they don’t usually end the way Terri’s did when she found out her dream of owning a home would come true… Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Helm Family

“Dreams can really come true. Thanks again for giving us a chance to make our dreams come true,” Tony Helm, Habitat homeowner Click here to read the rest of this story

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Darlene Brent

The Brent home just got a lot more crowded. Recently, when Darlene’s cousin fell on hard times, Darlene became the temporary guardian for her three children, Heaven, Nevaeh and Isaiah, ages 18 months to 9 years old. Darlene already shares her section-8 townhome with her three children, Shawn-tay, Michael and Candice, ages 25 to 16. […] Click here to read the rest of this story

2009 Selection

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The Babuca Family

Lourdes Babuca and her son Michael, 16, have been through a lot. From living in an abusive home, to a shelter in Phoenix… Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Abdullahi Family

Abdi and Salama Abdullahi and their children, Abdukadir, 8, and Alikaf, 5 are refugees from Somalia. They were brought to the United States on March 18, 2004, on war leave by the United Nations… Click here to read the rest of this story

2010 Selection

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The Cichy Family

Alyson found Habitat through New Beginnings where she was living in recovery-based transitional housing with her daughter, Jennie. “I’ve always lived in an apartment complex with case management,” she said. “This is our first time living alone, paying rent…But all this time in transitional living has made me a strong, independent woman. I’m okay with just me and Jennie being together.” Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Machado Family

Yolanda Machado calls herself an emotional person. “I cry at everything,” she says. So, it’s no surprise that she cried the day she found out her family had been approved for a Habitat house. Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Gamez Family

Sandra Gamez and her mother, Magdalena, also known as “Nana,” came to the United States from Cananea, Mexico when Sandra was just a little girl. They have been in Tucson for more than 24 years. Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Gieselmann Family

Kristen’s lucky number is 11. She was born on the 11th and each of her three kids, Kaitlynn, Dillon and Trinity, were born in November. So, it’s only fitting that it was on an 11th day that her co-worker brought her a newspaper article about a Habitat family and encouraged her to look into it. Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Vargas Family

Lupita and her son Daniel had a brief taste of homeownership once, many years ago. Lupita was married then and she and her husband purchased a home. Shortly after, when her marriage ‘came to a screeching halt’, as she put it, she and her son had to give up their dream. Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Beltran Family

February 11, 2011 marks Gina’s ninth anniversary working as a network associate for Carondelet. She started as a registration clerk and now works as an Office Coordinator in the Diabetes Center, and she loves her job. “I want to go to work. I love doing what I do. I’m pretty lucky,” she said with a huge smile. In fact it was her work that brought her to Habitat. Click here to read the rest of this story

2011 Selection

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The Parker Family

Autumn Parker and her husband William are very excited about the opportunity to own their own home. Despite having a lot on her plate, she is determined to complete her sweat equity as soon as possible so she can concentrate on saving for her down payment and attending the homeowner classes Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Bashikire Family

Pierre and his wife Clothilde brought their two youngest daughters to Tucson in 2007 after fleeing conflicts in three different countries for more than thirty years. “We left our home in Burundi when war came in 1973. We lived in a refugee camp in Tanzania. War came to Tanzania so we moved to Rwanda. When the ethnic cleansing began in Rwanda, we fled back to Tanzania.” Click here to read the rest of this story

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The Allen family

The Allen family is ready for the American dream! When Bernadette received the phone call that her family was going to own a Habitat home, she said she was jumping and screaming with the kids. She called her husband Jon to share the good news and he was in disbelief. Jon said, “We always felt like we couldn’t get ahead. We don’t ever get picked for anything.” Click here to read the rest of this story