Nail Drives & Dedications

Lawrence Habitat’s 98th Home
The Reid Family

 Dedicated on Saturday, June 30th, 2018.

Bobbi Reid, pictured above with her daughters Raeanna and Madison, first learned about Lawrence Habitat through the Housing Authority. “We took a chance and applied for help from Lawrence Habitat, and I’m so glad now that we did,” she says.
Had it not been for Lawrence Habitat, Bobbi says that she definitely would not have been able to afford a home in Lawrence. “After getting divorced in 2012 and becoming a single mom, everything got harder,” Bobbi says. “I was in school trying to earn my Bachelor’s degree, but had to stop and work full time to support us.”

“Without Lawrence Habitat many families would never know what owning a home is like,” Bobbi says. “Because of the work Habitat does, people like my family are given an opportunity, one that they might not have ever had otherwise.”  Click here for photos from the Reid family home’s dedication ceremony.

Lawrence Habitat’s 97th Home

The Coffman/Ivie Family

Dedicated on Saturday, April 21st, 2018.

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Mariah Ivie (left) with her mother Jennifer Coffman at their Creating a Home Ceremony on Saturday, February 13th, 2018.

Jennifer Coffman first became involved with Habitat in Hawaii many years ago and says she fell in love with the program. “We are so excited to be a 2018 family and have found everyone at Lawrence Habitat to be so inviting and wonderfully kind,” she says.

Jennifer says that owning their own home has always been the family’s biggest dream, and that dream is now coming true with Habitat. “Mariah and I are so grateful, excited, and proud to have been chosen as a Habitat family and for our homeownership journey to begin after so many years,” she says. “The tides are changing in our lives, and we are ready to set sail!”  Click here for more photos from the Coffman/Ivie ceremony.

Lawrence Habitat’s 96th Home

The Brown Family

Dedicated on Saturday, January 20th, 2o17.

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The Brown family at their dedication ceremony Saturday, January 20th, 2017.

Andy and Larissa are very excited at the opportunity to become Habitat homeowners, allowing them an affordable chance for housing and raising their growing family, as well as the ability to have an all-electric house with the potential for being solar powered one day.

Andy works professionally full-time in Topeka and spends plenty of his free time working with other local non-profit service organizations, in addition to volunteering on boards and committees. Larissa manages their household and is very involved with the children’s education and extracurricular activities. Their older children are enrolled in a virtual public school, and Larissa is their “Learning Coach” during the school year.

Andy and Larissa recently began to feel the need to move from their small, older duplex rental into a newer house, but discovered they could not afford to rent or buy a larger house in the Lawrence area. “I love Lawrence,” Andy said. “The thought of having to leave it because we couldn’t find affordable housing was really upsetting.” Andy also shared that he and his family are interested in the Lawrence community, and according to Andy, Lawrence is “the best place to live and raise kids in Kansas.”  Click here for more photos from the Brown family dedication ceremony.

Lawrence Habitat’s 95th Home

The Esparza Family

Dedicated on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017.

 

Rebecca Esparza (rear, right) stands behind her two daughters and son for the ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate their new Lawrence Habitat home (two additional children not pictured) – September 23, 2017

Meet Rebecca Esparza, a mother of five.  Rebecca has experienced a long and winding road in becoming a Habitat homeowner. She moved to Lawrence with her family almost eight years ago, and overcame a number of hurdles in life and periods of homelessness, eventually becoming a non-traditional student at KU, a Family Promise graduate, and recently earning a Master’s degree.  Click here to read more about Rebecca and her family.

Lawrence Habitat’s 94th Home

Jeff Colter and his daughter Jayla

Dedication held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017.

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 Click here for more about Jeff and Jayla and click here for more photos from their dedication ceremony.

Lawrence Habitat’s 93rd Home

The Wilson Family

Dedication on Saturday, December 17th, 2016.

Click here for more photos from the Wilson home dedication ceremony. 

Lawrence Habitat’s 92nd Home

The Linnear & Goode Family

Dedication on Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

Click here for photos from the Linnear & Goode family nail drive ceremony, and click here for photos from their dedication ceremony.