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A Life-Changing Lift for Dessie's Family

While this video might seem unremarkable upon first glance, as we watch, we experience the possibilities that this lift brings to Dessie's family. This lift means that Dessie's nephew can be reunited with his siblings in Canada. It means that Dessie can provide the care his nephew needs. And it means that Dessie can build a strong future for his family.

We know you've heard Dessie's story before. That he fled war and persecution in Ethiopia as a university student and spent 16 years in a refugee camp before immigrating to Canada with his son in 2007. That just as he and his son were settling into their new life, they received news that Dessie's sister and her husband were killed in a car accident, and Dessie stepped up to care for their surviving four children, intent on bringing them to Canada. And that Dessie's six-year-old nephew, who suffered a terrible back injury from the accident, could not join his uncle and siblings in Canada until Dessie could provide a wheelchair-accessible home for him.

Dessie worked hard to provide for his family, but needed a hand up to provide the accessible home his nephew required. Thanks to the generosity of donors and volunteers like you, he is now a Habitat homeowner.

There are more families in Regina who are in need of a safe, decent and affordable place to live. Please consider donating this holiday season to change the lives of hardworking families in our community. (link to donations page)

It's Possession Day for our newest homeowners at Haultain Crossing! We are so proud of these families, who after a year of hard work and dedication, have achieved their homeownership dreams. We've shared their excitement, smiles, laughter and tears today. We have also felt their relief that they have achieved their goals and will have a safe, decent and affordable place to call home for themselves and their children.

Over the past year, these hardworking families have poured themselves into their partnership with Habitat Regina, spending 500 hours volunteering to build their homes at Haultain Crossing, worked at the Habitat for Humanity Regina ReStore , and at events in the community. We are so incredibly proud of what they have achieved.

Thank you to everyone - donors, supporters, volunteers and board members - who gave of their time and money to give these families a hand up. Your generosity and dedication has helped these families build brighter futures.

Congratulations to our newest Habitat homeowners and welcome home!

November 22, 2019

Watch Laura & Shane's Habitat story.

Decent housing is one of the most basic needs we have. It’s a stable foundation on which families can build stronger futures for themselves and their children. This National Housing Day, we continue to recognize that there are far too many people who do have access to decent and affordable housing. One in eight Canadians are in core housing need, paying more than 30 percent of their income towards housing costs in overcrowded conditions that are in disrepair. In this video, Habitat homeowners share a few of the critical housing needs they faced before buying their Habitat homes.


Stable homes help improve children’s health and development. We know that, for Habitat homeowners, their children have better health and educational outcomes including an increased likelihood to pursue post-secondary education and that those families are less likely to have to use a food bank. Habitat homeowners Laura and Shane were spending up to $600 a month on hydro before they purchased their Habitat home. Paying an affordable mortgage means they have more money for fresh, nutritious food and have started saving for their children’s future education.

“I think of hunger and unstable housing as being the twin demons for low-income kids. Too often families are having to choose between rent and eating.” - Dr. Megan T. Sandel, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, in an interview with Habitat for Humanity International.

Habitat homeowners who participated in a 2013 survey with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation shared that buying a Habitat home meant their children also had more space to study in a quieter, less stressful environment, leading to higher grades, better attendance and increased confidence.

What can you do to make a difference? Take the time to learn more about how housing issues are affecting your community. Volunteer at Haultain Crossing or in the Habitat Regina ReStore. Or donate to help families like Shane and Laura achieve their homeownership dreams.