Takroa and Nelay See gathered their four daughters at their Visalia home and handed their final mortgage payment check to Habitat’s retired Executive Director Betsy Murphy. Betsy was part of the selection committee when Takroa and Nelay were first informed that they would become Habitat homeowners and when they moved into the home in 2003. Seventeen years later, after a lot of saving and hard work, the mortgage to Habitat is paid off.
At the time they applied they were living in a one-bedroom apartment that was in poor condition and expensive. Nelay even remembers having to put tape on the ceiling to try and prevent a leak from the apartment bathroom upstairs. They both worked very hard to build the Habitat home and raise their daughters, watching them excel in school; this spring, their oldest daughter graduate from Fresno State.
“We were so blessed,” said Nelay. “It was our faith that led us to Habitat, and Habitat to our home”
So many other families in our community are in need of a decent and affordable place to raise their families. Help them build strength, stability and self-reliance like Takroa and Nelay by supporting Habitat’s mission.