Meet Lashonda

The Hamilton family is ready to move into their new home in this historic Durham neighborhood. Southside is part of the Hayti District in Durham, a historically African-American community. In 1958 Durham experienced an "urban renewal" and the Durham freeway project that took down houses and split this area from the thriving downtown businesses. This made property values fall and crime rates increase in the area. Today the area is being built back up by for-profit developers, as well as a few affordable non-profit home builders (like Durham Habitat)!

Lashonda has been a fantastic force on site - everything from hammering in the heat to painting in the cold, she has done it all. Even more impressive is what an awesome role model she is for her children. Her oldest daughter, Avona, has come out on site to volunteer and is just like her mother, ready to jump in and learn each shift. The middle child, Zackory, loves building projects with our youth program and has mastered using the hammer during our builds. The youngest, Averri, is not quite old enough to be on site at two years old, but will certainly benefit from the warmth and stability this home will provide.

Durham Habitat is honored to partner with this family! We invite you to join a Durham Habitat partnership. Click here to volunteer or donate!

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