Faces of Habitat

Zanella Family

A pay cut may be an odd thing to feel grateful for, but the Zanella family gave thanks when dad, Joseph, got one. When Joseph and Teresa Zanella became Habitat homeowners in 2007, that pay cut was... [Read More]


It doesn’t take a Habitat Regular Volunteer to tell you that stability is essential to any structure. Building your family’s future is no exception. And an essential need for building stability is... [Read More]


At Habitat, we know that strong futures begin with strong foundations. Habitat homeowners like Shawntate, along with her three sons, work hard to build those foundations, and they begin with a... [Read More]


Homeownership through Habitat is all about empowerment. Habitat homeowners are able to break out of the month-to-month existence and lift their eyes to the future. And nothing heralds an empowered... [Read More]


Every Habitat family has the same incredible view from their windows, no matter where their home is. They look out onto a landscape of potential and a future of opportunity. Habitat homeowners for... [Read More]

Kirk Miller

Our work here at Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley would simply not be possible without the hearts and hands of our wonderful volunteers. We have been fortunate to engage a broad community... [Read More]

Carol Gillespie

When Coyote Creek flooded parts of San Jose in February 2017, Carol Gillespie was shocked at the amount of damage a foot of water could do. Her manufactured mobile home had protected her belongings... [Read More]

The Yemane Family

Rut Yemane is, above all, a caretaker. In every aspect of her life, Rut exemplifies this spirit. Whether she is seeing to patients as a nurse assistant in a medical facility, or caring for her... [Read More]

The Eleazar Family

Among her many hobbies, one of Bianca Eleazar’s favorite activities is to “explore and see new places.” This fearless spirit of openness, optimism, and capability has carried Bianca and her two... [Read More]

The Aremu-Bello Family

Mulikatu and Abdul Aremu-Bello came to the United States from Ghana hoping to find a better place to start and raise a family. Instead, they landed in a series of cramped apartments in Oakland, each... [Read More]