‘Finally, we’re here’: Providence family given keys to home through Habitat for Humanity

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) –A Providence family received the keys to a new home in South Providence on Saturday, after 500 volunteers and sponsors worked to build them a home through Habitat for Humanity of Greater Providence.

Selmanesh Area and her sons Yosef and Yonai became official homeowners after being one of the first accepted into the organizations Revamped Homeownership Program.

“Today is the best day of our lives. Everything is changed, we don’t have to look up apartments, we don’t have to move from one state to another,” said Selmanesh .

The family escaped from East Africa as refugees in 2009, lived in Utah until 2010, before they moved to Boston, then Providence. While living in Providence, Selmanesh kept her job in Boston, commuting over an hour everyday. Due to this, Selmanesh wakes up at 4 a.m. each day in preparation for her fourteen hour day, and cook meals for her sons.

“Finally, we’re here.”

Area and her sons put 350 hours of sweat equity into building their new home. The boys say they’re looking forward to having their own rooms, and watching their mother in the home she’s always wanted.

The projects aren’t going to stop.

Habitat for Humanity plans on continuing the program and noted their applications open twice a year for 30 days.

Anybody can apply for a Habitat home. They have to have three years of employment, keep good credit, and have a story to share,” said Executive Director Azade Perin Monterroso. 

For more information, head to habitatpvd.org.

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