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

Growing up in East Durham, Tora saw the neighborhood decline and bounce back. She was excited to partner with the Streets at Southpoint and Belk to build and purchase her own home in East Durham -- making her part of the neighborhood's revitalization.

Tora