TEMPE, Ariz., May 11, 2019 – In late January, there was nothing at 130 E. St. Charles Ave. in Phoenix but an empty lot and a hopeful family. Just four months later, on May 11, that family will enter their just-completed Habitat for Humanity home for the first time.
At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, the Zenagebriel family will celebrate the completion of their home with a dedication ceremony. Emishaw and Sara Zenagebriel immigrated to Arizona from Ethiopia in 2012. They, and their three children, one of whom has special needs, have worked alongside volunteers from Freedom Financial Network (FFN) and seven other area companies over a 16-week period to build their home.
The Zenagebriel home is the first house completed in Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona’s Women Build program this year. According to Habitat for Humanity, Women Build empowers women to build strength, stability and independence through housing, and helps women learn new skills in a welcoming environment, without excluding men.
“The mission of the Women Build program aligns with Freedom Financial Network’s goals to help people of all walks of life build stronger financial futures,” explains Linda Luman, senior vice president of human resources for FFN. “The ability for a family, like the Zenagebriels, to own a home represents an important part of the path to financial health and wellness. Combined with our company’s dedication to help families and children, the Habitat project has been especially fulfilling.”
Additional sponsors of the Zenagebriel Women Build project are Lowe’s, Amazon, APS, Republic Services, Chico’s, SRP and State Farm. Volunteers from each company will be on site for the May 11 key ceremony.
Named one of Arizona’s 2018 Most Admired Companies for the third consecutive year, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona (Habitat) is a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, the renowned humanitarian organization based in Atlanta. Each affiliate operates as a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and is responsible for leading its own fundraising and operations management, while adhering to the Habitat for Humanity mission of serving communities within its area.
Habitat also promotes volunteer programs with corporations, groups, churches and individuals. Services include new home construction, re-constructions, renovations, repairs (even emergency repairs) and most recently, entire neighborhood revitalization projects. Consistently ranked among the Top 10 of 1,200 affiliates nationally, Habitat has built more than 1,100 homes and served more than 3,000 families in the metro Phoenix area since 1985.
Freedom Financial Network, LLC, is a family of companies providing innovative solutions that empower people to live healthier financial lives. For people struggling with debt, Freedom Debt Relief offers a custom program to significantly reduce and resolve what they owe more quickly than they could on their own. FreedomPlus tailors personal loans to each borrower with a level of customer service unmatched in the industry. For consumers enrolled in qualifying debt relief programs, ConsolidationPlus offers loans that accelerate debt settlements and enable them to be free of the debts sooner. Bills.com offers a resource site with simple tips, advice and tools to help consumers make smart financial decisions.
Headquartered in San Mateo, California, FFN also operates an office in Tempe, Arizona. The company employs more than 2,200, is ranked as one of Arizona’s Top 100 Employers, and has been voted the best place to work in the Phoenix area for two consecutive years.