On Sunday, October 11, 14 volunteers from Temple Israel built walls and ceilings for a home that we are building with Habitat for Humanity of Omaha. Temple Israel is working in a coalition with 12 religious institutions to build a home from the ground up this fall. The home is in the Kountze Park neighborhood in North Omaha and sits on the same street as 3 other Habitat-built homes part of a strategy to revitalize targeted areas of our community.
Temple Israel volunteers were: Joe Meyers, Justin Cooper, Paul Rabinovitz, Laurie and Cali Epstein and friend, Al and Joan Rieder, Gil and Rachel Dysico, Todd Hutton, Katherine Pawlowski, Carol Dona, and Dan Gilbert.
The homeowners are Nay Sha and Sha Wah and their four daughters. Originally from Burma, they spent 13 years in a refugee camp in Thailand, forced to flee their homeland because of violence committed against people of their ethnic group. They arrived in Omaha in 2010 and are now at the point where they are eligible to purchase the home from Habitat at a market price with a zero-interest loan. The family also puts in 350 hours of sweat equity into construction of this and other Habitat homes.