Meet the Avorkliyah Brown-Awuah family
Bright and Dorcas Avorkliyah Brown-Awuah are originally from Ghana, West Africa. Dorcas first immigrated to the United States to further her education. Three years later, Bright and their daughter were able to join her. Bright began working at a manufacturing plant while Dorcas was attending Eastern Washington University to become an ESL teacher. They desperately wanted to buy a home of their own but were unable to while living on Bright’s salary alone. Friends of theirs told them about the Habitat for Humanity-Spokane homeownership program. Once accepted, Bright relayed,
I see myself in the Habitat community. I’m excited to be a part of Habitat because of the faith and the love together.
Meet the Yuryev family
In 1998, Yuriy and Olga Yuryev, along with their three sons, sought religious asylum from their home country, Uzbekistan. The process took three years. Fortunately, they were eventually able to relocate to Spokane. They lived in rentals for years, even losing everything they owned in a fire. As they grew older, they knew it was important to have a stable and reliable home that they could afford to own and maintain, so they applied to the Habitat-Spokane program.
...It is important to have a stable and reliable place to live that we can afford and maintain.
Now retired with their children grown, the Yuryevs are excited to be able to save money for their grandchildren’s education. They feel living in a Habitat home will improve their overall health and they will finally be able to do what they love: baking, gardening, hosting family gatherings and keeping bees.
Meet the Tanasov family
Originally from Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, Dmitrii & Svetlana immigrated to Spokane for a more stable life and to reunite with family. Unfortunately, they could not afford to live on their own and for many years, they lived with Dmitrii’s parents and brother in a two-bedroom home.
We planned to buy a home, but all of our savings money went out for hospital bills.
Desperate to have a home of their own, they applied for the Habitat program. Soon after acceptance, Svetlana finished school and is now a pharmacy technician. They worked hard and were able to save $4,000 for their closing costs. Now homeowners, they are excited they can now focus on building relationships within their community and provide their son with the safety and security he needs to grow and thrive.
Meet the Tallant family
Keith and Mellisa Tallant grew up in the Spokane area. After many years of friendship, they started dating in 2012 and were married two years later. They both work hard at their jobs but have struggled to find a safe, stable home to raise their two children in. They lived in a renovated loft in a pole barn where they were exposed to noxious fumes, chemicals and loud equipment. Always on the edge of not knowing if they would face eviction from their landlords, they knew they needed to find a solution.
Until the Habitat option came up, we were floundering, we were almost hopeless.
When they heard about the Habitat program, they knew their prayers had been answered. Keith and Mellisa enjoyed doing their sweat equity at the construction site, not only building their own home, but their neighbors’ homes as well. They look forward to hosting friends and family for holidays and events, woodworking, doing home improvement projects and having a safe, stable home for their son and daughter to grow up in.
Meet the Scholz family
Ron and Sofie Scholz met in Cambodia, Sofie’s home country. Excited to start a family together, they moved to Spokane, where Ron was originally from. They married and had 3 children but with Ron’s income in sales, they struggled to find a safe home for their children to grow up in. They lived in a two-bedroom apartment, where they had problems with black mold and rampant criminal activity. They applied for the Habitat-Spokane program after learning about it through their church. Ron and Sofie believe owning a home will allow them to invest in their future. While working on their sweat equity hours, they met most of their new neighbors-to-be and were thrilled with the diverse and beautiful neighborhood they would be raising their children in.
We would like to say a big thank you! We enjoy working with Habitat and its volunteers, meeting new people.
Meet the Cue-Hernandez Family
Duka Cue-Hernandez was born in Bhutan, a country in South Asia. After a revolution, she and her family were forced to move to a refugee camp in Nepal, where they lived in grass huts without running water or electricity for the next 16 years. When Duka was 17, she and her sister applied for refugee resettlement and were placed in the United States. They moved to Spokane and Duka got a job at the Davenport Hotel where she met her husband, Omar. He had immigrated from Cuba. Unable to find a permanent residence, Omar, Duka and their two children moved from house to house, sometimes living in friends’ garages. Their lives were changed when they were accepted into the Habitat for Humanity-Spokane program. To them, owning their own home
brings new beginnings to our life and hope for our dreams.