Making Memories Together

Scrambling up and down the stairs, playing in the yard, and running through their brand new home, the children of the Orochena family could not contain their joy. After months of hard work, Hilda’s home was complete, and her family gathered in masks and at a safe distance to celebrate. In spite of the pandemic, Hilda had completed everything required for the First-Time Homebuyer program and was ready to move into her home in the Upper Ninth Ward.

A bright spot in the early months of the pandemic, her home dedication was the first that NOAHH performed digitally, inviting supporters from around the world to share with us via social media as a handful of staff and family joined Hilda at her new home. Her bright pink (“a shade called graceful ballerina”) house echoed with laughter. The three-bedroom home would provide her two children with the space to grow that she struggled to find as a child.

“This is our home. It’s a place where we can make memories together,” she said. “And Habitat was with me the whole way.”

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