Less worries, more joy

After living in a refugee camp on the Myanmar-Thailand border for over 15 years, Steah Htoo made her way to the United States in 2009, settling down in the Albany area.  After staying in a small, unsafe apartment for about a year, Steah found out about Habitat for Humanity Capital District from some of her fellow Burma refugees.  Desperately wanting better living conditions, Steah decided to apply to the Habitat program online in 2010, hoping for a fresh start and some stability in her life.  After waiting patiently to hear some news for well-over a year, Steah finally heard one day exactly what she had been waiting for—Steah and her family would become proud new residents of a Habitat home on Delaware Street.      “I was very excited,” Steah says, reflecting on how she felt upon finding out the news.  Steah and her family were very enthusiastic about the entire Habitat process.  When it came time for the construction of her home, everyone jumped on board, with all of Steah’s friends and family pitching in to help.  With a total of 350 sweat equity hours needing to be completed, Steah’s friends tackled 100 of those hours, while Steah and her […]

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“The cherry on top”

Angela Tingling walked into the Albany Housing Authority on what seemed like any other ordinary day back in 2008.  She was hoping to get good news.  As she walked in, she noticed a Habitat for Humanity flier taped visibly to the front desk.  It was that flier that made an ordinary day quite extraordinary—it was a flier that changed the course of Angela’s entire life. Prior to walking into Albany Housing, Angela had first lived in an apartment on Pearl Street, and then in a homeless shelter.  All she wanted was a stable future for herself and her two young boys, and she was trying everything she could to get it.  But things just didn’t seem to be working out the way she wanted; all until Angela saw that Habitat flier—the flier that finally led her to stability. “After seeing the flier, it didn’t take me long to finally apply to Habitat,” Angela says.  “I wanted to own my own home.  I was keeping my fingers crossed that I would get in.” When Angela finally found out that she had been accepted into the Habitat program, she was overwhelmed with joy.  She finally felt as though her mind was at […]

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My own home, my own freedom

After participating in Build Week with Key Bank co-workers and community members, Aliqua couldn’t get Habitat for Humanity out of her mind.  Within weeks of finishing up Build Week, Aliqua saw an article in her local newspaper on Habitat for Humanity.  To her, that was a sign.  The call to action at the bottom of the page pushed her to get in contact with Habitat, and it was a phone call that changed her entire life.  About to move into her new home in Sheridan Hollow, Aliqua can’t wait to get into a new routine.  She is excited that she is finally able to live in a home that is spacious, and where she can move around freely without being so crammed.     “Owning my own home is mind boggling for me.  I’m finally able to do my own thing and have some more freedom.  And having a stable place for my son and I to live is important,” Aliqua says.  Being able to own her own home isn’t the only thing that makes Aliqua grateful for Habitat.  The whole experience that Habitat gave Aliqua of giving back to the community makes her proud to be a part of the […]

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New Citizen, New Homeowner

A future Habitat homeowner, Shernette Minott, has a lot to celebrate today— she was naturalized as a citizen of the United States this morning! Shernette, a native of Jamaica, was sworn in as an American citizen at the U.S. District Court in downtown Albany. She and her son will soon move into their brand new home in Habitat’s Fox Hollow development in South Troy. Congratulations, Shernette! Your hard work and perseverance is paying off and we can’t wait until you move into your new home. The United States is lucky to have you as one of our own, and so is Habitat for Humanity.

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Fox Hollow Dedication Celebration!

Join us to celebrate the completion of thirteen new homes at “Fox Hollow” at Burden and Cross! “Fox Hollow” is the largest building endeavor that Habitat for Humanity has ever pursued in the City of Troy. We couldn’t have done this without your support, your time and your contributions. Together with our volunteers, donors, friends, partners and families, we will turn over the keys to a group of new homeowners and celebrate another milestone in the revitalization of a neighborhood. Share our joy in knowing that thirteen more hardworking families will be a safe, affordable home of their own. Following the dedication and blessing, we invite you to tour a completed home and meet our new homeowners. R.S.V.P. today! Learn more about “Fox Hollow” here. A huge thank you to our generous house sponsors, who supported the project by underwriting a portion of the construction costs for each home.

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