All grown up!

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In 2006, Cynthia Holland and her son AJ purchased their Habitat home in Durham’s Golden Belt neighborhood. Ten-year old AJ joined Habitat’s Youth United to raise funds to build a Habitat home. Despite being told “it wouldn’t work,” AJ mailed letters to names picked at random from the phone book, and he raised $1,075!

That same year, AJ and Kaitlin (also a leader of Youth United -- pictured here) emceed Habitat’s annual breakfast – and set fundraising records as they encouraged adults to THINK BIG saying, “if we can do it, you can do it”!

Now……

AJ just received his first college acceptance letter. AJ credits his mom and the stability of their Habitat home for his achievement, but we know AJ deserves a lot of credit, too! AJ is a graduating senior at the City of Medicine Academy and Kaitlin is a sophomore at Riverside High School.

In an encore performance, AJ and Kaitlin returned yesterday to host our 2014 Foundation Breakfast. We're so very proud of both of them!

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

Lal