2020 Partner Families

Our mission is to build safe, decent, affordable homes and financially educate our families to set them up for success.

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The Taylor FAMILY

Single mom LaPria and her son Elgen are excited to move into their new home in the Mt. Vernon Park neighborhood of Fort Wayne. Their new home will provide a spacious backyard for them to expand their gardening efforts! This year, they’re growing carrots and watermelon in pots outside their apartment, but a backyard will give them the room to grow even more!

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Thank you. This is a blessing.

The Taylor Family

2020 Habitat Homeowners

What will be the best part of the new house?

I’m most looking forward to having my own backyard — the perfect place for Elgen to play safely and plenty of space to expand our garden.

What do you enjoy doing as a family?

LaPria says she pretty easy-going and loves shopping for deals (especially at Marshalls). She and Elgen enjoy playing together and spending time with family.

Elgen's Favorites

Like most boys his age, Elgen loves cars, nerf guns, and video games. 

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The BRADFORD FAMILY

Lukesha Bradford is one of the kindest people you’ll meet. She is a full-time caretaker with AID of Indiana where she assists people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She loves her job, every day is something new, and she feels like those she cares for are an extension of her family. Lukesha describes her household as 2-1/2 people which includes her daughter A’Zirea (“Z”), who just graduated high school, and their dog, Baby Phat.

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“I love you all!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Without you this dream would not come true. Thank you, thank you, thank you! God has smiled on me and my family because of you. -Love Kesha & Z”

The Bradford Family

2020 Habitat Homeowners

Why do you want to become a homeowner?

I want to have something that belongs to me and I can be proud. I want a place I can take care of and have helped build myself.

What do you enjoy doing as a family?

Lukesha and Z enjoy watching TV and movies, going out to eat, playing games, going to concerts, walking, reading books, and spending time with their church family.

What is unique to your new home?

When Lukesha was in 4th grade her family moved to Fort Wayne. As a kid, she grew up going to Weisser Park nearly every day which will now be right across the street from where her new home will be built!

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The davis FAMILY

Tyrone Davis is a hard worker and ready to reach his goal of homeownership and learn all he can through the Habitat process. Homeownership means he can provide a stable foundation not just for himself, but for his sons De’marco (22) and Dy’Quan (14). Tyrone believes that becoming a homeowner will be the physical representation to prove to his sons that “no matter what you go through you can make it.”

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“I’m so thankful and grateful for all the work you’ve done to help me take the next step in my life.”

The Davis Family

2020 Habitat Homeowners

What may be the biggest change to becoming a homeowner?

I believe homeownership, having a place of our own, will strengthen the bond I have with my boys and bring us closer together.

What do you enjoy doing as a family?

As a family, Tyrone and his boys enjoy going to the movies, playing sports, and just hanging out together. His youngest is looking forward to playing high school football.

Tell us about your boys

My oldest is currently serving in the Marine Corps and I couldn’t be more proud. My youngest is currently planning to be a Paleontologist one day and I’m proud of the drive he has at school and his good grades.

 

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WOMEN BUILD 2020

The THAIT FAMILY

Than and Hannah Thait just welcomed their fourth child in March and their growing family is in desperate need of space. The Thait’s currently share a 4 bedroom house with Hannah’s mom, dad, and brother. Originally from Burma, Than moved to the U.S. in 2011 and Hannah in 2007. 

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To all the volunteers who will help build our home: thank you!

The Thait Family

2020 Habitat Homeowners

Why is affordable homeownership important to you?

Affordable homeownership gives us the chance to have our own place and provide more space for our children.

Tell us more about your family

Our family is originally from Burma; we are from the Karen tribe. Than speaks two dialects of Karen: Thai and Burmese, as well as English.

What do you love to do as a family?

We like to visit Foster Park in Fort Wayne, the library, the zoo, and the beach.

Describe your current living situation

The six of us currently share a 4 bedroom home with Hannah’s mom, dad, and brother — our new home will be all for us and have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths.

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The EDILOV FAMILY

Reshi and Deja Edilov never thought homeownership would be an option for them. As Muslims, they do not believe in taking on debt with interest. One day, out of curiosity, Deja Googled “how to buy a home with no interest” — she didn’t think anything would come of it, but knew it was worth some research. “When I found Habitat for Humanity, I applied immediately,” explained Deja. 

To all the volunteers who will work on our home: We appreciate you all — for the selfless act of dedicating your time. Thank you.

The Edilov Family

2020 Habitat Homeowners

What will be the best part of the new house?

More space! And living in a neighborhood where there are other children for the girls to play with and safe sidewalks for riding bikes.

Do you have any family traditions?

As a family we really enjoy traveling — we try to visit Chicago once a year for Eid Al Fitr (Muslim holiday).

What are the girls most excited about?

Bringing their sandbox to their new backyard.

Describe your current living situation

We all share a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 920 sq. ft. house — our new home will have 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and more room to spread out at 1,358 sq. ft.

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The WARE FAMILY

Ardrea and her two children were living in a small upstairs apartment with not even enough room for a dining table to share a meal as a family. The apartment was located on the back side of the building, which, coupled with limited parking, made the simplest tasks like unloading groceries (with small kids, mind you) very difficult. After experiencing break-ins in both her apartment and vehicle, Ardrea can’t wait to give her babies a safe place to call home.

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To the volunteers who will work on our home: I am forever grateful. Thank you for giving your time and for your dedication to help give my babies a safe place to call home.

Ardrea Ware

2020 Habitat Homeowner

Why do you want to become a homeowner?

I want to give my kids a safe place to call home. I want to know when my kids go outside they are safe in their yard.

What are you looking forward to doing in your new home?

I can’t wait to have enough space for us to invite family and friends over. 

What do you love to do as a family?

We love playing outside in the summer, riding bikes, and taking walks — we do everything as a family. My daughter loves to dance and sing.

Why did you apply to the Habitat program?

I know people who have had the opportunity to complete the program and I decided to apply because my babies deserve a safe home. I don’t want to keep moving every other year, my kids deserve something stable.

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