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Habitat for Humanity completes Arizona home for Ethiopian family

The Zenagebriel Family (Freedom Financial Network Photo)

PHOENIX — A family that immigrated to Arizona from Ethiopia in 2012 and cares for a child with special needs has a new home, thanks to a Habitat for Humanity program.

The Zenagebriel family of five celebrated the completion of the home in south Phoenix earlier this month alongside the volunteers who built it in 16 weeks.

The family was given the keys to what used to be an empty lot in a ceremony on May 11, just in time for Mother’s Day.

The home was the first completed by the nonprofit’s Central Arizona Women Build program so far this year.

According to a press release, the Women Build program helps women build strength and learn new skills in a “welcoming environment.”

“The ability for a family like the Zenagebriels to own a home represents an important part of the path to financial health and wellness,” Linda Luman, senior vice president of human resources for Freedom Financial Network, one of the groups that worked on the home, said in a press release.

“Combined with our company’s dedication to help families and children, the Habitat project has been especially fulfilling.”

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