Partner Families

Partner Families


Marilyn Brewer

“I am 63 years old and was born in Missouri. I work at Sam’s Club. In my free time I like to read, watch YouTube, and go to church. I heard about Habitat from a friend and learning about them on T.V. It is amazing to be able to buy a Habitat home. It has given me more self-confidence. I feel blessed. There are so many emotions I am feeling. I could not have this without God’s help. I appreciate all the hard work and sacrifice the volunteers make building my home. Every time I walk into my home, I will remember all the love that was put into it.”


The Hardin Family
Doneiska, Sy’er, and Iryah

“I am 36 years old and was born in New Albany. I work at Humana. In my free time I like to watch and volunteer for youth sports; football, softball, and basketball are my favorites. If my work and family responsibilities allow, I will coach when needed. I enjoy reading all genres, but mostly self-help and biographies. I have two boys, Sy’er who is 17 years old and Iryah who is 13, and they have really different personalities. My youngest, Iryah, likes to box. He wants to be like Muhammad Ali. He is an avid gamer and loves anime. He enjoys drawing, playing several instruments, and spending time together. Sy’er likes to play football. He is on New Albany High School’s varsity football team. He wants to be an entrepreneur so he positions himself where he can practice leading. Sy’er is a tour guide at Prosser where he is enrolled in the entrepreneurship program. I heard about Habitat for Humanity through two of my friends. One is in the program in Evansville, Indiana and the other is in the program here. We bumped into each other and while catching up she was telling me about her getting a house. Two days later, I saw applications were being accepted through their Facebook page. This means the world to me. I am ecstatic on so many levels. Being a single mother to two boys, I wonder if I’m preparing and teaching them what they will need to be productive young men. I have instilled in them that hard work pays off. If you work hard enough you will reap what you sow. They have seen my ‘sowing’ process. Now they can witness the harvest. This means stability for us. We will not just have a house, but a place that will truly be our home and that means everything. I am extremely thankful to all the volunteers who will be working on my house. Without their time and commitment none of this would be possible for families like mine. They are a key figure in making dreams come true, and I could never thank them enough.”


The Stover Family
Whitney and Roman

“I am 32 years old and was born in Louisville. I have one child, Roman, who is four years old. I work at Help at Home and my job is both challenging and rewarding. In my free time I like spending time with my family. Roman likes to play with animals and play outside. I saw the Habitat sign one day and decided to stop in and see what would happen. Roman and I are very excited to have something to call our own, it means the world. I am very thankful for each and every one of the sponsors and volunteers. Without them my dream would not be coming true.”


The Wren Family
Felicia, Brandon, Xavier, and Ezra

“I am 36 years old and was born in New Albany. I have three boys, Brandon is 13, Xavier is 9, and Ezra is 6. I work for Riverside Parking. In my spare time I like making t-shirts, sewing, and doing anything crafty. Brandon loves music and has been playing the drums since he was two years old. Xavier and Ezra love playing baseball and video games. I heard about Habitat from my sister, who is also a partner family, so I saw her work hard to get a house. Buying a house means stability, a normal routine for my boys, and finally having a place to cherish and grow together; having something to leave my kids and teach my kids that home ownership should be #1. My children are excited to have more space! I want the Habitat sponsors to know that your money is very much needed but the benefits of your money are so much bigger than they could ever hold.”


The Kidwell Family
Misti, DeShawn, Desijuan, Alashiea and Meillani

“I am 37 years old and was born in New Albany, IN. I have 3 children. DeShawn is 10, Desijuan is 16 and Alashiea is 22. I work for Bennett Place as a Caregiver. In my spare time I like to spend time with my kids and two year old grandbaby Meillani. My children all have different hobbies. DeShawn likes to play games, skate and play basketball, Desijuan likes to create music and Alashiea likes to cook and spend time with her baby. I heard about Habitat for Humanity from a friend at work. Being able to buy a Habitat house means a forever home for me and my kids. It is some place we can call our own. No one in my immediate family has ever owned a home so I am excited to be the first. I would like to tell volunteers and sponsors to know that I am very grateful they want to help. I can’t say thank you enough”


The Owens Family
Michelle, Liana and Michael

“I am a 46 year old mother of two wonderful children. I moved to New Albany 7 years ago and have made this my home. It is a loving and helpful community with great schools and churches. I work in radio and have done so the last 17 years of my life, there is not one day I wake up and don’t want to go to work. My spare time is spent with family and the children. We love nature, serenity time by the lakes and traveling. My daughter Liana is 14 years old and getting ready to graduate from Hazelwood Middle School. She loves to play golf and volleyball while also being an A/B honor roll student. My son Michael is turning 4 in July. I am so grateful for a home because this little boy loves to run outdoors and dig up any bug that lives in the dirt. Owning a home that we as a family and community will build, is a dream come true. To have stability for my children is a blessing. I want to thank each and every one of the sponsors, donors, workers, Habitat personal, and churches from my heart. I believe what you put in life you get out and I won’t ever stop putting in life what we were created to do which means I belong to Habitat for life and will donate my time, love, and hard work from here on out.”


The Lopez Family
Caprice, Tyrell Jr. and Trycen

“I am 24 years old and I was born in Chicago. I have two children, Tyrell Jr. who is 3 and Trycen who is 1. I work for Neovia in Jeffersonville in the general warehouse. In my free time I like to cook, do crafts with my kids and be outside. My kids love sports, superheroes and cars. I heard about Habitat for Humanity Clark and Floyd Indiana from St. Elizabeth Charities. I want Habitat volunteers and sponsors to know that they are not just building a house, they are building a home for a family who may only have Habitat for Humanity as an option to own a home. They are building the foundation for a family to make memories and grow. With this home my children will have a place to grow and learn in a stable environment.”


The Williams Family
Keisha, Ny’Kyeona, Caleb, Tai’sjhan, Aaleiah, Ky’onder, Kaden, Kenneth, and Kendria.

“I am a 33-year-old mother of 8, and I am originally from Chicago. I’m an assembler at Beech Mold and Tool, and I value alone time when I can sleep and just relax. My children like to play basketball and football, run track, sing and play instruments. I learned about Habitat from my landlord, after our house caught fire and we had to relocate. To me, a Habitat home means stability, and for my children, it’s a place to always call home. My family and I are very excited and thankful for everyone’s help, and we will be a part of helping other families for a lifetime.”


The Graham Family
Shannon & Araya Sunshine

“I am 37 years old, and I’m from New Albany. I have one daughter, Araya Sunshine, and I work as lead host for The Old Spaghetti Factory, and do housekeeping for Green Valley Care Center. In my spare time, I like to cook and entertain, and spend lots of time with my family. Araya likes to read, skate, and watch TV. My sister-in-law completed the Habitat homeownership in Louisville, and that’s where I learned that Habitat means owning my home. My daughter’s wish is to have a yard; she and I are so grateful, and we can’t wait to get started! To help and have something that we truly worked for—what a blessing.”


Tess Kessinger

“I am 43 years old and was born in Louisville. I suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury following an automobile accident in February 2006, and have been a wheelchair-bound quadriplegic since that time. I work as a Research Assistant for the University of Louisville, and in my spare time, I like to read, attend concerts, and watch TV. I heard about Habitat from my sister, who works for the federal government, and my mom who heard about it from volunteers at HFH Metro Louisville. A Habitat house means independence, self-esteem, and taking the next step in my life. My family is happy and excited for me, though a bit nervous! I want Habitat volunteers and sponsors to know that they are giving me back normalcy in my life.”


The Shirley Family
Audrianna & Mikah

“I am 25 years old from New Albany, and I have a two-year-old son, Mikah. I work as a Medical Assistant for Clark Memorial Hospital, and part-time at Hallmark in Clarksville. In my spare time, I like to read, listen to music, and spend time with family—especially with my son, who loves to play. I heard about Habitat from a Habitat homeowner; owning a Habitat home means stability, security, and hope, and my family is proud, happy and ready to be involved. I want donors, sponsors and volunteers to know that I am forever grateful and beyond appreciative for this opportunity.”

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