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Habitat Southern Alberta Blog

From pipedreams to possibilities: Brandy's journey to stability through home ownership

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 9:11:37 AM

 

Stuck by circumstance

Brandy is a single mother of Tyson (12) and Taya (7), living in Olds and working as a financial services representative at a major financial institution.

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Every Kid Campaign - Daniela

Posted on Dec 13, 2017 1:33:07 PM

“#EveryKid should have a home because it’s where they can go to feel safe and where they belong. If they have a rough day at school, they can come home and know that this is where they can be no matter what."

— Jessica, age 12

Video: Daniela and her kids speak to the importance of having a stable place to live 

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From tragedy to triumph: one couple's journey to peace and stability

Posted on Nov 28, 2017 4:31:28 PM

 

Sitting at the kitchen table in Kristen and Anthony’s charming home, you might think you're in the company of newlyweds.

This endearing couple playfully tease each other, laughing when their recollections don’t line up perfectly.

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Family Story: Ali and Amina

Posted on Jul 28, 2016 1:19:38 PM

My wife and I are very proud parents of four beautiful children. Over the years I worked hard, I even worked two jobs to provide financial stability and a better future to my children. Still, it is challenging for me to use only one income to provide for the whole family. More than fifty percent of my income goes to rent and utilities, even though we have tried to live in many different communities.

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Family Story: Susan

Posted on Jul 21, 2016 2:46:43 PM

Seven years ago I became a single mother of two and returned to the workforce feeling unequipped and unprepared.

My dream of owning a home felt unreachable and homeownership was no longer one of my goals in life.

As my children's primary caregiver, simply generating an income to support my family with the basic necessities and being present to shape and influence their lives was my top priority! While we feel blessed to have all our current needs met, there is sacrifice and struggle to make ends meet each month.

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Family Story: Arshad and Sherin

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 9:46:37 AM

My name is Sherin and my husband is Arshad. We are a family of six all together; we have two girls and two boys.

We have seen a lot while we lived in Kurdistan Iraq, the house my family owned was destroyed by the horrible war that started in 1991. We ended up homeless, so my dad said we needed to get out ASAP. We fled to Canada while Arshad left for Sweden.

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Family Story: Azeb

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 1:18:42 PM

Azeb immigrated to Canada after spending seven years in a Kenyan refugee camp. Her brother lived in Calgary and she was grateful for the opportunity to be reunited, but life in a new city became steadily more difficult for Azeb as a single mother looking to establish a stable foundation for her daughter, Sipran.

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Family Story: Brendan

Posted on May 2, 2016 12:12:20 PM

I have three smart, beautiful girls who are my heart and soul, but we’ve had our fair share of heartache and struggle. It’s been a challenge to raise three young ladies on my own and I’m sure will it continue to be in every way. Our lives have changed significantly over the past three years and we’ve lost a lot.

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Family Story: Arienne

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 3:19:12 PM

Arienne is a single mom with two children, Grayden, her 16-year old son, and Dominick, her 10-year old daughter. They share their home with two cuddly pet cats. Arienne works as a teacher’s aide for the local school board and holds another part-time job to help make ends meet.

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Family Story: Kerry and Randy

Posted on Mar 11, 2016 2:53:29 PM

It’s a challenge for many families in Calgary to find affordable housing, but it’s especially difficult for Kerry and Randy’s family of nine. Over the past five years, the family faced homelessness three times. Confronted with yet another landlord looking to sell and driven to provide a sense of stability for their children and granddaughter, Kerry and Randy reached out to Habitat for Humanity.

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