Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity – Fall 2020 Project 

Esperanza is a member of the Southeast Valley Lutheran Coalition for Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona. Our volunteers will be pounding their hammers once again when the annual build begins in late October. This year’s home will be located at 1313 W. Tonto Street, Phoenix in Central Phoenix South, and will be the 25th home that the coalition has built.

Volunteering at Habitat has been a pathway to many friendships and countless hours of fulfilling work for the Esperanza communiy. This is truly a way to fulfill the ELCA mission: “God’s Work, Our Hands.”

Because of continued virus concerns there will be a limit to the number of volunteers that will be allowed on site. Habitat is working on an online signup system to regulate the number of people at the site.

Habitat Financial Donations: Members of the Esperanza Community should donate to Habitat directly (not through the Esperanza bank account) in order to claim your full Arizona tax credit.  Be sure to check out the Arizona Tax Credit (dollar for dollar) before making your donation to Habitat.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit www.habitatcaz.org.

Contact Jim Gisselquist at jimgiz@gmail.com or John Fisher at phxfish@hotmail.com with your questions.

Support Habitat by Playing Golf!

The annual golf tournament originally scheduled for April has been rescheduled to September 26 at Legacy Golf Resort on Baseline Road in Phoenix, for a 1:30 p.m. shotgun-start.

To comply with COVID-19 guidelines, box lunches distributed at the start of the tournament rather than a sit down meal, and other similar adjustments are in the works for on-course events. No raffles or Mulligans being sold this year—all players will automatically be eligible for raffle prizes.

For additional information, including several ways to pay the entry fee electronically to avoid check-in lines, contact Judd Hunnemuller at sevlhabitat@gmail.com or by phone at 602-621-1527.

The Hissuand Ibrahim Family – 2019/2020

Abdulquadir and Qamariya moved from Ethiopia to the United States 30 years ago. While they have fond memories of their childhood in Africa, they struggled and wanted a better life for their children.

The couple’s oldest children have graduated from college and have moved out on their own. Of the children still living at home, Laliftuu is the oldest, a daughter who is studying to become a nurse. The other three include Muraad, Milkii and Naziifaa. Muraad and Milkii attend elementary school, Naziifaa attends preschool. Muraad enjoys reading and wants to be an FBI agent when he gets older. Milkii loves math and wants to be a fire fighter. Their youngest, Nafiissa, is at home with Qamariya when she is not at preschool.

Abdulquadir and Qamariya are teaching their children that with hard work and dedication anything is possible.

The family is thankful to be able to rent their house, however, the space is small and their landlord is unresponsive to maintenance problems. Abdulquadir and Qamariya want to provide their family with a stable home and talked about their desires with friends who have previously partnered with Habitat. After hearing about the program, the family decided to apply.

They are excited that they will soon have a home to call their own and look forward to planting trees and growing a garden. Building their own home is incredibly meaningful to Abdulquadir and Qamariya, and they are looking forward to working with Habitat and the volunteers on the construction of their home.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity visit www.habitatcaz.org.