Takroa and Nelay gathered their four daughters at their Visalia home and handed the 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 be Habitat homeowners and  when they moved into the home in 2003. 17 years later, and after a lot of saving, the mortgage to Habitat is paid off.

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 children, watching the girls excel in school and 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 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.

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