On Saturday, May 14th, OLOM volunteers participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Catholic Build. In conjunction with other churches in the EBR Diocese (MBS, St. Thomas More, St. Jean Vianney, St. George, St. Aloysius, St. Alphonsus, and St. Patrick), OLOM helped
Mr. Mekuriaw Tadesse, a refugee from Ethiopia, become a homeowner for the first time.
Tadesse lived in a refugee camp in Kenya after fleeing from the Civil War in Ethiopia. He lived what he described as a “very hard life” in the Kenyan camp for almost 20 years. He and his two children, George, age 17, and Mekides, age 15, immigrated to America under the sponsorship of a Catholic Charity in 2011. He has had some difficulty adjusting to life in the States, especially with meeting people and becoming part of the community. This all changed when Tadesse met Elisha Nyambaka, another refugee from Africa and Habitat homeowner! With her help, Tadesse joined the Habitat program and has been assisting on builds ever since. He completed more than 50 hours within his first month of joining the program. He explained, “I was so happy to finally meet and talk with new people. I believed this was my family’s chance so I was eager to work and learn new skills.” Tadesse would like to thank the Catholic Coalition for making his dream of a stable home for his family a reality. “When I heard my build was sponsored by Catholic Churches, I knew it must be God. First, Catholic Charities helped me reach America. Now, the Catholic Coalition is helping me build a home.”
Volunteering from OLOM:
Mary Kannenberg, Chair
Lunches were donated by The Salad Shop, owned by former OLOM Choir member, Bradley Sanchez.
Team members painted the exterior of the home and caulked the exterior siding and soffit.
For more information, contact:
Ms. Mary Kannenberg