Mary Dockery's life is a balancing act. Working two jobs, having a son that is
active in sports and a two year old daughter, keeps her always on the run. “I have been renting properties for almost
16 years, I never knew how serious or hard it would be to be able to afford a
decent place to live. …I have always worked hard and provided a place for my
kids, I am ready to own my own home”
Mary has instilled the idea of hard work in her son, when he
is not active in a school sport, he is working a part time job at a local restaurant. “We are hard working people, it is just how
we were raised” is what Mary will tell
you as she zips from work to school to her second job.
Nary moved to the US with her 3 children from Cambodia in
2001. She has had many difficulties, including being in 3 different refugee
camps in 3 countries. Once she came to America, the challenges continued as she
learned the language and culture while working and raising her three
children. Her first goal has always been to raise her
children into strong adults. Moving into a Habitat home will be a big step in
helping Nary create a safe home environment to provide a launch pad for her
James and Zina Smith
James and Zina met in the Air Force, fell in love and started a family. The economic downturn in 2008 hit the family hard and local, stable employment was difficult to find. After relocating to Raleigh for a position that was later eliminated, the family of six had to move into his parent's makeshift basement apartment. Although they were grateful for the apartment, the space was very crowded. Now, with full time employment, James and Zina are working hard to put their feet on solid ground, fulfilling their dream of a stable home for their four boys.
Armida Ramirez is a mother of three. She always dreamt of the American dream of owning her own home. But as single mom working in a warehouse, the dream seemed unobtainable. After losing her fiancÃ© in a motorcycle accident, she and her children moved in with her mother. Along with her brother and his child, the living arrangements are quite cramped. She and her children share the same room. She is thankful for her good job and grateful for the opportunity to own a home where her kids can live and grow
Mohamed H Sharaf & Shama Abdella
Mohamed came to America as a refugee in 2000. He traveled from East Africa to West Africa suffering the loss of his parents and some of his siblings as well as hunger and loneliness along the way. He has since become a US citizen and married his lovely wife, Shama. Mohamed has worked for Ralph Lauren for the last 15 years and attends GTCC part-time to complete a degree in Accounting. Mohamed and Shama have four children, the youngest relying on a ventilator to breathe. Their current rental home is plagued with mold and drafts which makes it dangerous for their sonâ€™s health. They are thankful for the opportunity to own a Habitat home that is good enough for their big family with their special needs.
Habonimana Pascal & Riziki Sifa
Habonimana and Riziki are parents of seven children. They currently rent a five bedroom home, which accommodates the familyâ€™s shelter needs, but little else. Half of the stove burners are not operational, the sink clogs and leaks and there are significant bathroom plumbing issues. Some of the electrical outlets are charred and not working, making this a dangerous environment to live in. Both Habonimana and Riziki work full-time jobs, and still cannot afford the rent of $1000 a month in subsidized housing. Habonimana would love a home to support his children that is safe and Riziki would like a home to be able to grow her own vegetables in the back yard.
Jean Massenat & Marie Alexandre Jean & Marie are parents to two children, a boy and girl. Jean first came to the US from Haiti in October of 2007 and then sent for Marie in October of 2012 after a devastating earthquake that destroyed the area where she was living. Jean has worked for Marsh Furniture for the last seven years. They have moved often, to find a place that would be safe for their growing family. They currently live in a two bedroom home where the children share a room. They dream of owning a place to call their own where their children no longer share a room.