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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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KESHA JOHNSON

Kesha Johnson is a 31 years old. She was born in Champaign, but raised in Minneapolis Minnesota by her mother and her older sister. Kesha currently lives in Champaign with her 9 year old daughter and 1 year old son, and she is employed by Maid to Perfection Residential and Professional Cleaning Services. “It has always been my dream to become a homeowner but

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EBONIE WILLIAMS

Ebonie Williams was born and raised in Champaign. She has two children a 12 year old son and a 6 year old daughter. She is currently a full time student at Ashford University and a full time Teaching Assistant at Head Start in Champaign County. Her kids both attend Champaign Schools and with the lot Ebonie chose they will be able to continue their

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MARY BELFORD

Mary Belford was born in Mississippi and raised in Chicago. She moved her family to Champaign to be near their extended family, and so her son and daughter could be brought up in a “different environment” than the big city. Since she has lived in Champaign, Mary has become licensed with DSFS to be a foster parent. She has adopted two children, and continues

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Larisha Exum

Larisha Exum was born and raised in Champaign, IL. She is the mother of 12 year old twin girls, Ayanna and Alayna, and is employed at the University of Illinois. “I have always dreamed of becoming a homeowner and in 2011 I set a personal goal of attaining a home within 5 years. I never thought the opportunity would happen this soon, but hard

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