Foundation for Change: Genevieve and Luke’s Journey to Homeownership

Thanks to her hard work and a little bit of help, Genevieve is planting roots deep into the community she holds dear. Married to her high school sweetheart and mother to a lively three-year-old daughter, her life is interwoven with love, laughter, and the exciting adventure of building her own home through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program.

“For me, being a homeowner means stability and leaving a legacy for my family,” Genevieve shares. “It’s about creating a place where we can build and pass down traditions without worry, focusing on what truly matters- giving back to our community.”

Genevieve’s journey through the process of building her home is both challenging and meaningful. “Building a home is really fun, but it’s very difficult,” she admits. Teamwork has become her mantra, learning that while everyone may be trained in the same skills, each person shines differently.
“I am fabulous at putting nails in the wrong area, but everything is fixable,” she laughs. This insight speaks to a larger truth in her experience: the empowering process of trying, failing, and trying again until you succeed.

The mission of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity resonates deeply with Genevieve. “Everybody having a decent place to live means everyone flourishes,” she explains. “When people have their basic needs met, they can focus on becoming better versions of themselves, being good neighbors, and giving back to their community.” This philosophy underscores the transformative impact of secure housing on individual and collective well-being in Kittitas County and beyond.

Genevieve and her husband are forever grateful to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, Kittitas County, and the USDA for making this possible. She extends heartfelt thanks to Nick Nelson for his guidance and patience and to the neighbors she has come to know through building their homes together.

“We’ve got to help build each other’s homes, and then we get to live alongside each other and raise our kids together,” she reflects. “I’m just really thankful for the opportunity.”

Through Genevieve’s eyes, we glimpse the resilience and solidarity born from collective effort. Guided by Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, she not only achieves homeownership but also uncovers a profound sense of identity and direction. Her story illustrates how a secure, nurturing home acts as a catalyst for personal growth and community prosperity, forging a path toward a brighter future for all.

To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects.

Foundation for Change: Cara’s Journey to Homeownership

Born and raised in Ellensburg, Cara’s roots run deep in her community. A devoted mother to her six-year-old daughter, she finds joy in her work at a downtown preschool. She is most recently building her first home through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership program enables qualified, hard-working people to build and to buy their own homes with sustainable, affordable mortgages and a support system of other partner families nearby. The current project, located in the north side of Ellensburg, is bringing 18 3-bedroom homes to approximately 81 people in our community that will benefit not only this generation but many more to come through affordable homeownership.

“For me, being a homeowner means a fresh new start.”

Cara’s journey is marked by bittersweet memories. Three years ago, Cara lost her mother to cancer, leaving behind cherished memories of their family home just down the street from her home in progress. Cara has found solace in the prospect of creating a new home for her family in the same area as her childhood home. The news of her acceptance into the Habitat for Humanity program came as a divine answer to her prayers for structure and a community that feels like family.

As Cara embarks on this new chapter of her life, she finds herself reflecting on the journey that brought her here. Memories of driving past Habitat for Humanity homes as a child flood her mind, reminding her of the dreams of having her own home from a young age.

Through the challenges and lessons of the construction process, Cara has discovered newfound patience and resilience. “I’ve learned a little bit more patience. It’s quite a process building a house,” she admits. With Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s support, this dream is becoming a reality.

Looking to the future, Cara envisions a world where affordable housing is within reach for all families, regardless of their circumstances.

“I feel like there’s a huge need for people in our community that need affordable housing situations, who want to have roots to build a home and have a family.”

In Cara’s story, we find a testament to the transformative power of hope and community. Through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, she has not only found a place to call home but also discovered a newfound sense of belonging and purpose. As she steps into this new chapter of her life, Cara embodies the spirit of resilience, reminding us that with hard work and perseverance, anything is possible, including our vision to create a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects

Foundation for Change: Teresa’s Journey to Homeownership

Standing in her new, almost finished home, Teresa Garcia stands on the precipice of a new chapter in her life. Assisted by her daughter as a translator, Teresa shared her story of resilience, hope, and the fulfillment of a lifelong dream- owning her own home through Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.
Teresa Garcia’s journey to homeownership has been one of perseverance and determination. Through the Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity program, she has found not just a house but a sanctuary where her children can thrive and grow.
“For me, being a homeowner means having a dream come true,” Teresa shares. “It’s more than just a place to live; it’s a haven where my children can build their futures.”
Navigating the process of building her home with Habitat for Humanity has been a transformative experience for Teresa and her family. “We came into this with no experience,” she explained. “But Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity has given us the opportunity to learn and grow.”
Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live resonates deeply with Teresa. She believes that achieving this vision will lead to stronger communities where neighbors support one another, and everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
“Right now, it all feels like a dream,” she says. “But my vision is for everyone to come together, to be good neighbors, and to share in the joy of having a place to call home.”
Through Teresa’s experiences, we witness the remarkable transformation fueled by hope, resilience, and the support of her community. Through the guiding hand of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, Teresa not only realizes her dream of homeownership but also rediscovers a profound sense of identity and belonging. As she embarks on this new journey, Teresa’s narrative stands as a testament to the enduring power of determination and the unwavering support of those around her, inspiring us all to embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.
With each brick laid and each nail hammered, Teresa’s dream edges closer to reality. Her story serves as a beacon of hope for others who may be facing similar challenges, showing them that with determination and the support of their community, anything is possible.
“It’s not just about having a roof over our heads,” she said. “It’s about creating a place where my children can feel safe and secure, where they can grow and thrive. That’s what homeownership means to me.”
As Teresa’s story continues to unfold, she looks forward to the day when she can finally welcome friends and family into her new home, sharing with them the joy and pride that comes with homeownership. As she does so, she knows that she will always be grateful for the support and guidance she received from Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and the community that rallied around her.

Teresa’s journey is far from over, but with each step she takes, she moves closer to the future she has always dreamed of- a future filled with hope, happiness, and the warmth of a place to call home.


To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects.

Foundation for Change: Jame’s Journey to Homeownership

In the intricate tapestry of life, James’ journey stands out as a testament to resilience and the enduring pursuit of a dream. Formerly a seasoned builder before an injury altered his path, James now finds himself discovering the gifts of teamwork with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity.
“I was a homeless child, and being a homeowner brings safety and security to me,” said James, unveiling a poignant chapter of his past that few could guess today. Settling in Ellensburg in 1973, he embarked on a life that exemplified resilience and a relentless pursuit of stability.
James’ professional journey was equally demanding. After years spent laboring for various companies, a severe injury significantly shifted his path, leaving him unable to work and confront new realities. In 2016, James decided to apply for a home with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, a first step that promised to redefine his life’s trajectory.
For James, the concept of homeownership transcends the mere idea of having shelter; it signifies a bastion of safety, a beacon of community belonging, and a symbol of achieving the unachievable. “It means a lot- safety, a community that I can live in, that I can really be a part of,” James shares.
Habitat for Humanity’s vision, a world where everyone has a decent place to live, deeply resonates with James. He imagines a world where communities support each other and where every individual has the chance to thrive without having to worry about where they will live.
As he nears the completion of his home, James’ thoughts turn to the broader impact of his journey. He’s not just building a house; he’s crafting a sanctuary where his family can prosper and where he can finally enjoy a lasting sense of security.

“It’s not just about having a roof over our heads,” he says. “It’s about creating a place where my children can feel safe and secure, where they can grow and thrive. That’s what homeownership means to me.”
Looking forward, James anticipates welcoming friends and family into his new home, sharing the pride and joy of the work that he has invested in this project. His gratitude extends deeply to Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity and the community that has supported him throughout this journey.
James’ story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit and the profound impact of community support. It’s a narrative of a man who overcame life’s stark adversities through determination, ultimately embracing the hope, happiness, and warmth of a place to call home.


To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects.

Foundation for Change: Manny and Paige’s Journey to Homeownership

Manny and Paige, a determined couple, have embarked on a journey that goes beyond finding a place to call home- they’re discovering the true essence of community, resilience, and the strength of a unified vision.
Born and raised in Ellensburg, they both have deep roots in the community. With three children and a career that she’s built right here in her hometown, Paige’s connection to Ellensburg runs deep. “I’ve been here a long time, and I’m going to be here even longer,” she said with a smile.
Manny, a dedicated landscaper working for Central Nursery, echoes Paige’s sentiments. “I take pride in my work, and providing a home for my family means everything to me.”
Habitat for Humanity’s homeownership initiative empowers deserving individuals to construct and purchase their own residences through accessible, long-term mortgages and a network of neighboring families for mutual aid. The ongoing endeavor in Ellensburg is set to introduce 18 three-bedroom houses catering to the needs of around 81 community members seeking affordable homeownership.
Their journey with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity began with a simple desire- a safe and secure place to raise their children, to lay down roots, and to build a future together.
To them, this new chapter is about stability, having a place to come home to every day, a place where they can show their children the result of all their hard work.
As they started building their home with Habitat for Humanity, Manny and Paige discovered more than just the satisfaction of homeownership- they found a newfound sense of pride, resilience, and belonging.
“It’s been a lot of hard work, but it’s also been incredibly rewarding,” Manny reflected. “We’ve learned the value of perseverance, teamwork, and community.”
Their values align with the mission of Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity, not just for them but for every person. “We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home,” Paige said. “We’re ready for that reality, and we’re grateful to Habitat for Humanity for making our dream a reality.”
With their basic needs met, Manny and Paige have more energy to give back. “We’re looking forward to helping with future projects and continuing to build a stronger, more vibrant community here in Ellensburg.”
As they look to the future, Manny and Paige are eager to pay it forward, to help others in their community achieve the same sense of stability and pride that they’ve found through homeownership.
Their journey with Kittitas County Habitat for Humanity is just the beginning of their ability to give back, creating a ripple effect of positivity and support that extends far beyond the walls of their new home.


To learn more about our affordable homeownership, visit kchabitat.org/current-projects.