Refugee family moves into Habitat for Humanity’s 250th home



Posted on March 7, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 8:00 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane’s Habitat for Humanity finished building its 250th home in March.

The home near Lincoln Heights School was built for the Siddig-Awasa family and their four children.  The family escaped from Sudan to Washington in 2006 as refugees.

“I'm very excited,” said Sharaf Siddig.  “I don't know what to say other than very excited.”

Both Sharaf and his wife, Mona, were scraping by, working long shifts at Sacred Heart and paying rent in a one-bedroom apartment too small for their growing family.

When they heard Habitat for Humanity could help them build and buy their own home, they jumped on board.

“Everything, everything, everything [is] perfect,” said Sharaf after seeing his new home.

Now, Sharaf and Mona’s children will have space to grow in a safe neighborhood, all with the help of a few hundred volunteers from the Spokane community.

Sharaf said even though he had barely settled into his new home, he was ready to give back to the people who had given him a helping hand.

“I got my house but I won't stop,” he said.  “I go, I work…now I want to continue…helping the people so everyone has a house.”

The home was funded and built by volunteers from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, area Lutheran Church members and Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church.