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VANDERBILT FAMILY

Angelique Vanderbilt moved here from the south side of Chicago with her family and graduated from Central High School in 1986. But the “pull” of the big city wouldn’t let go. She moved back to Chicago for the next 25 years; renting a townhome, raising children and balancing work while attending school. When she realized the crime in her neighborhood wasn’t going to stop,

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YOUNG FAMILY

Tinisha and her mother Dorothy have been living together and raising Tinisha’s three children, Derrick (19), Kyana (17) and Kamari (7) in public housing for what they call “too long”. They both shudder at the crime, disregard for property and vermin (snakes, opossums and raccoons) that have existed in their neighborhood. We have lived in public housing for the past 30 years, and we’d

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Gardner Family

Mickele Gardner wanted a better life, a nicer place to live, and her own independence.  “I applied for a Habitat home awhile back, but couldn’t qualify because of my income and my debt.  I started working on paying down my debt, and being more responsible with my money.  It took me 10 years to get in a position to apply again. I have always

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Tembo Family

Coco Tembo and FiFi Likyana came from around the world to partner with Habitat on their new home.  Both born and educated in the Congo, Coco was a driver/ chauffer and his wife FiFi a nurse.  They were able to move to the states through the help of FiFi’s sister, Cardy Likyana who has lived here in Champaign for several years.  Cardy helped them

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Tembe Family

Issa and Anthonella grew up in Kinshasa  (DR Congo).  They met at the University of Kinshasa and began a family.  In the Congo, Issa was an assistant professor at the University of Kinshasa and also worked with the United Nations Development program.  Anthonella began her career as a journalist, but has since become a stay at home mom for their three young children Shammah

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Harris Family

Tiana Harris has always wanted to be a home owner, and her dream of owning a home became even more important when she became a mother to Honcho 6 months ago.  “A Habitat home will help me provide the same sense of stability for my son that my mom provided for me.  My mom purchased a home when I was in first grade.  It

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Chelonda Green

Chelonda Green has aspirations.  She hopes to become a homeowner like her mother and grandmother, and to further her career in the health care field by becoming an LPN. She currently works for Homecare Solutions as a home health care provider.  In addition to working full time and raising two children, Chelonda is in school studying to be a Licensed Practical Nurse. Although she

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Warkita Wilson

Warkita lived in Champaign as a child.  After moving to East St. Louis for several years, she moved back to Champaign in 1989.  As a young mother, she knew she wanted to be closer to her family, and wanted to raise her children in a safer place. Warkita has two sons ages 11and 9. She also has a daughter who will graduate from college in 2014

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Regina Ramsey

Regina Ramsey grew up in Chicago and attended Westinghouse High school.  She often visited her aunt and sister who lived in Champaign and felt like this might be a great place to raise her children.  Champaign-Urbana felt safer than her neighborhood in Chicago and she knew her family support would be an important asset as she continued her education and worked full time supporting

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TAMIKA DORRIS

Tamika Dorris was born and raised in Champaign, and she works for the University of Illinois at the Beckman Institute. She is a single mother with 4 daughters, an adopted son, and guardianship of her young cousin.  Tamika’s mother also lives with her – “Because of all her health issues I have moved my mom in with me so I can care for her.

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