Faces of Habitat

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]

Mike Heller

While Mike Heller was working in Silicon Valley 13 years ago, his boss organized a “teambuild” day on our six-home development in Oakley. Mike did more than swing a hammer that day. He learned about... [Read More]

Joanne McDonough

Whenever Joanne McDonough walks onto a Habitat site, she brings her energizing smile and spirit along with her. Joanne first became involved with Habitat when she happened to drive by a home... [Read More]

Adriana Resendez

Before Adriana Resendez's family connected with Habitat East Bay/Silicon Valley in 1992, they were rootless. They were migrant farmworkers who endured long years of rough working conditions... [Read More]

Anthony Davis

When you ask 27-year-old Anthony Davis what kind of childhood he had, the first word out of his mouth is “phenomenal.” If you ask him why, he’ll attribute it to his parents first. Then, with his next... [Read More]

Ken and Jennifer Peterson

Ken Petersen, his wife, Jennifer, and their family have called the Bay Area home for over 50 years, but he understands what a struggle it can be to lay this foundation in our unique region. “As Bay... [Read More]

The Welde Family

“I feel like we won the lottery,” Fisehaye Welde says as he and his wife, Selemawit, wait to start a day of construction on what will be his new Habitat home in San Jose. “But really, we won the... [Read More]