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Family Stories: How one homeowner is giving back

By: Jan Lane When you walk into the home of sixteen-year-old Antonio Morgan, the first thing you notice are the many framed photographs, awards, and certificates on the walls. Report cards, school honors, and family milestones are all proudly on display. The Morgan family is proud of their many achievements, not least of which is their journey to becoming homeowners. The resilient head of the family, Andrea Morgan, is a single mother who worked tirelessly against the odds to create...

Family Stories: Bridget Baynes

Bridget Baynes spent the majority of her life in Lagos, Nigeria, studying there until obtaining a BA in Computer Science. Following her graduation from college, Bridget left her entire family and many friends behind, bravely moving to the United States completely alone. She describes this experience as a “fresh start,” since she knew no one and had to adapt to a new and very different culture.   Soon after arriving in Washington, DC in 2003, Bridget began working day and...

Family Stories: Rodneyca Gray

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Rodneyca grew up in a small home shared with four families. Her mother, who struggled with drug abuse and mental health issues, had her at age 18 and then her brother ten years later. After being abandoned by her father, Rodneyca was mainly raised by her uncle and grandmother. Owing to her tough upbringing and “always looking for the love [she] didn’t receive from [her] father,” Rodnecya had her first child, a daughter, at...

Family Stories: Ken Harris

Leaving his parents’ house at age 18, Kenneth (Ken) Harris had no idea that it would take nearly thirty years before he would regain a stable roof over his head. Harris had made a commitment to his country by joining the US Army. He thought that when he returned, he might go to air traffic control school. However, like many vets, he became a member of the homeless community. To get by, he relied on family members, sleeping on their...

Family Stories: Ayele & Haimanot

When Ayele Weldeyohanis and Haimanot Eniyew moved to Washington, D.C. from Ethiopia, they were ready for a stable, secure home but faced challenges acquiring one. Their family, which including their daughter Bamlak, 8, and son Nathaniel, 2, had outgrown their one bedroom apartment. The cashier at Gab & Sunny and his wife, a home health care technician with Berhan Home Health Care Agency, decided to meet with DC Habitat and learn more about their options.  When Ms. Eniyew met with...

Family Stories: The Monroe Family

Marriama Monroe, born here in the Capital, has known Washington D.C. as home for all of her 33 years.   “I did think about leaving once to Atlanta where my uncle is, but not anymore,” Monroe said. “I was born and raised here, all my other family is here, and I like bumping into everyone.”   Family was one of the reasons Marriama always felt that she had a good quality of life, even when she and her two children...

Family Stories: Kinde Family

Amsale Kinde first heard about Habitat for Humanity in 2005 from a woman she spoke to about her family’s poor housing conditions. “I shared with her the story of our problems and she told me there was an organization that could help,” said Amsale.   Four years later, in 2009, the Kindes moved out of their cramped, unsafe apartment and into their very own Habitat home. “I never met her again, but I always think of her and know that she is...

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