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Stories From Our Habitat Homeowners

and his children, Talmage & Breck

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After experiencing a divorce, Lane decided to move into his parents’ small home.  This was meant only to be a “pit stop” until he could get back on his feet, but with the housing market continuing to worsen and home prices increasing rapidly, he realized homeownership was out of his reach.  Lane and his two sons are grateful to his parents and all the help they have given them, but with only a few rooms and one shared bathroom for the entire household, overcrowding was affecting them all. 


Lane recently shared with us, “My boys and I are probably most excited to be able to have a place to call our own.  Where we are not infringing on others or taking advantage of those willing to help.  I’m excited to be in a position of independence-standing on my own feet.”

Danika & Everardo
and their children, Inez, Jonas, & Jacob 

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We are excited to work with the Haro family on our next project.  Both Danika and Everardo are immigrants who have worked hard to achieve citizenship.  Danika is from New Zealand and has been in the United States since 2012, and Everardo is from Mexico and has been in the United States since he was two years old.   They have three children, Inez, Jonas, and Jacob. 

Having a home that is safe and secure is very important to the Haro family. Both Danika and Everardo are profoundly deaf.  Everardo came to America to access better systems to help with his hearing loss that were unavailable in Mexico.  Danika has a Cochlear implant that helps provide a sense of sound, unlike hearing aids that amplify sound.  Their oldest son, Inez, has Autism and is non-verbal.  This home will give them the peace of mind that comes with setting down roots for their children, bringing structure and routine that will help Inez, Jonas, and Jacob feel secure and safe, and where the children will have the freedom to run and play.

The Haro family is grateful to have this life-changing opportunity of owning a home of their own, where they don’t have to worry and where their family can thrive.

Shelby & Malissa
and their children, Tyson, Shayden, Kaden, & Makayla


Shelby and Malissa's son Kaden, who is 12, has cerebral palsy. Due to his prematurity and damage at birth to his brain, Kaden cannot stand or walk and is unable to use his right hand very well. He uses a wheelchair to get around.  Past circumstances and Kaden’s needs have made buying a home quite tricky and finding a rental that is accommodating has proven very difficult. They are so grateful for this opportunity to be able to build a home through Habitat for Humanity. They are a hardworking family that is dedicated to their church and community and love to help those around them.


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"When my oldest son was younger, he told me he was going to build us a house to live in, and it was going to have a blue door!  This house was to become our home where we would live, and all our dreams would come true.  I told him not to worry about such things.

I made a vow to myself that day that we would have a house someday, somehow.  Now thanks to Habitat, this is going to be a reality.  My children will be free to play and grow as children do and not concern themselves with grown-up things, like stability and security."

Over the past 40+ years...


Over the years, Habitat for Humanity Northern Utah has helped over 70 families find the safety and security that homeownership brings, educated new homeowners, and helped local families with exterior repairs.  

We have seen how owning a home that meets their needs has blessed families in our community.  Our homeowners have share stories of hope, confidence gained, communities cherished, and generations inspired.  Through them, we have come to understand "why home matters".

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