Partner Families

Partner Families

The Crawford Family

“My name is Melissa. I am from Southern Indiana. I enjoy my job working in the baby room, at a daycare, in Louisville KY. I have one daughter, who I am very proud of. She is an honor roll student in the eighth grade. It has always been her dream to live in a house and have a music room to practice and play her instruments (piano and flute). She plays in the band at her school. She wants to be a conductor for the orchestra when she grows up. One of the things I’m looking most forward to, is having a yard of our own and living someplace where she can ride her bike safely.  When the weather is nice, my daughter enjoys riding her bike. I load her bike in my car and go to a local park to let her ride her bike. In our spare time we love to play UNO together. Once we get settled in our home, we are planning on having a monthly game night with our biggest competitors (my sister and niece) that we will host at our house. I would like to say to all the people who participate through the Habitat for Humanity program, I am beyond grateful and deeply appreciate the kindness and support you give. It will have such a lasting impact on our future. Thank you so much!”



The Spalding Family
Angelia, Aaron, Violet, Zakk, Rosie

“Hey, I’m Angelia. I’m 25 and my husband, Aaron, is 26. I am from California and Aaron is from Indiana. We have 3 beautiful kids. Violet is 6, Zakk is 5, and Rosie is 4. I’m a stay at home mom and my husband works at Nyx New Albany. In our spare time we like to spend time with our kids, play games, and going on little adventures with our kids. Violet likes to play with fake make up and dolls, Zakk loves playing with cars and dinosaurs, Rosie loves playing Barbies, puzzles, baby dolls and they all love to play games. We enjoy having camp outs in the living room and a fire place going on the tv. We heard about Habitat from our family that saw them at an event near us. Being able to buy a house from Habitat means the world to us. We can finally give our kiddos a safe and healthy home without worry. Habitat means to our kids that they can have a happy home to be able to play outside without worry. They can come home and run to their rooms and play. It means the world to our family that they get to be part of building a home for their kids and grandbabies. The Spalding Family want the volunteers to know that we really appreciate them and all they do bringing happiness to the community and helping others dreams come true. Thank you guys so much. We are excited to start working with you all.”



The Parker Family
Michel, Anthony, Bahari, Catori

Michel is a Statistical Clerk with the U.S. Census Bureau and learned about Habitat for Humanity from another partner family, Donna, who works with her. For Michel, being able to buy a Habitat home means, “that my children will always have a place to come home to. They won’t have to worry about us not being in a safe and secure home. I greatly appreciate everything that the volunteers and donors do and know that none of this is possible without them. I am forever indebted to them.”



The Webb Family
Robynn, Amouri, Shamel, and Yasmin

“I remember when I was younger, my dad’s girlfriend, who was like a stepmother to me, was going through the Habitat program. She recommended I apply. It means the world to me knowing I will be able to provide a stable, safe place for my kids to call home; it means new beginnings, a forever home, and a dream come true. Amouri is my basketball player. Shamel loves playing the drums. Yasmin is my gymnast and chef in her play kitchen. My kids and I are eternally grateful for anything and everything the volunteers and donors do. I couldn’t thank them enough for the time and money they give to help my children and me. As they bless us, I pray that God will bless them with more than enough, as they have done for us.”



Ronald Byrd

Ronald is a retired minister who now runs his own nonprofit “Listening To You Ministry” under Christian Care Communities offering free counseling services for groups and individuals, as well as visiting nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. In his spare time he enjoys bowling, going to the casino, and reading. Of Habitat for Humanity, Ronald says, “I have an appreciation for President Jimmy Carter and learned about Habitat for Humanity years ago through his endorsement and participation. Being able to buy a Habitat house will provide me a sense of long-lasting independence and comfortability for me in being able to receive intense medical care and allow me a great sense of mobility with the equipment I need as a blind person. I want to be an investor to help other people get the help I’ve received. I want Habitat volunteers and sponsors who will help build my house to know that their labor and generosity will not be in vain and what I receive from them I will give back to others.”



The Irvin Family
Aerion, Ariana, Aerica, and Amiyah

Aerion is a hardworking mother of three and had a rough year in 2020. Her youngest, Amiyah, spent the first 462 days of her life in the hospital. Aerion says she applied for our Home Ownership Program for a better quality of life for Amiyah, initially, but continued through the process after she passed away in September as to provide better for all her kids. “She is watching down on us and this has been a blessing after some rough years. The big thing now is stability for all of us together. Ariana and Aerica are excited to be in the program to have a new home. I am grateful, very grateful, and thankful for all the volunteers and sponsors who will be building my house. I still can’t believe it’s happening, but it is. I plan to grow as a family with the volunteers. I want to develop a bond that’s forever.”



The Sturgeon Family
Angela, Conner, and Brenden

Angela Sturgeon is a mother of three and grandmother of one. Her oldest son is in the military and her two youngest boys are 16 and 15 years old. She is a Flight Attendant for Skywest Airlines. Of owning a home, Angela says, “Homeownership means many things to me. It means breaking a chain in my family to be the 1st to own my own home. Setting new examples for my children and theirs. Means being rooted and vested in a place of our own.” For Conner, the 16 year old, “It represents freedom, to hang pictures on the wall, paint, or have an animal.” For Brenden, the youngest, “Actually move in and make a home, not feeling like it’s temporary. Safety.”


The Gray Family

“My name is Donna Gray. I am 25 years old and was born in Louisville. I have one child and she will be four years old in December. I work for the United States Census Bureau. In my spare time I like to draw, read, and enjoy family activities with my daughter. I heard about Habitat for Humanity through a co-worker and very close friend. She is this awesome woman who’s husband already volunteers for Habitat in Louisville. After separating from my child’s dad, I moved in with my parents – now at 25 I share a room with my toddler in a smaller mobile home in the country of New Salisbury. I couldn’t be more thankful for the selflessness of the volunteers and sponsors who are the literal glue to Habitat’s foundation. You come together as strangers and leave like family.”


The Huckleberry Family
Teanna and Tracy

“I am 25 years old and was born in Georgia. I work at Vet IQ as a Clinic Assistant. In my spare time I like to volunteer at animal shelters! I also like to go to the park with my daughter, Tracy, and do photo shoots with her. Tracy is four years old and likes to help me with cooking and cleaning. She also loves to play dress up. Her favorite thing to dress up as is a veterinarian and she really loves to help me take care of animals. I heard about Habitat from Google searching it when I got some information about Habitat for Humanity from a friend. Buying a Habitat house means a lot to me. I would like to show other people that if a single full time mom can do it, anyone can. I want to be an inspiration to all the moms who are in my shoes, that if I can do it, so can they!! For Tracy, it means that she is finally able to have her own room and doesn’t have to share her room with her mommy any more. That she has more room to play with her toys. This is a big step in my life to helping me become successful! I really appreciate all the volunteers and sponsors for coming out and helping build Habitat homes. I can’t really put into words how much we all really appreciate them, taking the time out of their day to help build us a house!”


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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