Dad’s smile worth a thousand words

An and Hien immigrated to America from Vietnam with their daughter Thu and son Duy. They rented a small home that offered little space for their children, who are in high school, to study.  An and Hien wanted a home that would be affordable, comfortable and provide Thu and Duy with space to study. Once they were accepted into the program, everyone in the family worked alongside volunteers helping build their neighbors’ homes and then their own. All four – parents and teenagers – also attended classes in financial literacy and home maintenance.  This family’s positive attitude and work ethic impressed the staff at Wichita Habitat for Humanity, as shared by Valerie, our operations manager: “Having just come on staff at Wichita Habitat for Humanity, I had heard some great things about the program we offer and the work we do. I was blessed to be able to witness the impact it has on people lives late one afternoon on my second day at my new job.  A father and daughter came into the office excited about being accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program. The daughter, who spoke English, showed me an acceptance email she had received from Habitat on her cell phone. Her father spoke no English but the smile from ear-to-ear on his face told me much!  They were so excited about the future and what was coming their way and could hardly wait to speak with someone further about the project.  I am proud to be a part of such a great organization.