The Gift Of Home Ownership

Monday, December 10, 2012
The Mutubwa Family
The Mutubwa Family

Nearly three years ago, caring church members of Covenant Presbyterian provided an opportunity whereby Pius and Nathalie Mutubwa could relocate to the United States from Congo, Africa. Once arriving to Chattanooga and on U.S. soil, Mr. Mutubwa set his mind of achieving three goals: securing a job, providing a safe and stable environment for his family of four (soon to be five), and achieving the American Dream. 

On Saturday, Dec. 1, Mr. Mutubwa fulfilled the later goal as he and his family were presented the keys to their newly constructed four-bedroom Habitat home located in the East Lake community.

Owning a home is a dream come true,” said Pius Mutubwa. “We are so very grateful for the caring and committed people and organizations who helped us along this journey.”

The Mutubwas, along with a dedicated team of volunteers, contributed more than 1,450 hours to build their home. It was completed just in time for the Christmas holiday and the birth of their fifth child.

“We are committed to providing quality built affordable homes to deserving and hard working families who need it the most,” said Donna C. Williams, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. “It has certainly been an honor and privilege to partner with the City of Chattanooga, Department of Neighborhood Services and Community Development, Mayor Littlefield and the Clarence E. Harris Foundation to present the gifts of homeownership and stability to the Mutubwa family.”

At work in Chattanooga since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is dedicated to transforming the Greater Chattanooga area by building affordable and energy efficient homes. The Mutubwa’s home is the 239th home built by the local affiliate.

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