Building Homes to Change Lives


berumen-family1-jpgGraciela saw on television that Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity was preparing  to choose a family for their 25th home build.  She saw this as a once in a lifetime opportunity for a single mother, attending school full-time and working part-time, to change her family’s life.

Graciela feels that as a single mother to minority children in a low income household, people’s views of her son’s futures are not always as bright as she imagines  they will be. She looks at this home as a chance to raise their self-esteem and give them a private, secure place to grow up and cultivate their lives and opportunities. – Gabriela Berumen, House #25



A lifelong resident of Ogden and a graduate of Manhattan High School, Nikki is an involved community member, hard worker, and single mother who strives to be a positive role model for her children Kennedy, 6, and Kaleb, 3.

For the past few years she, Kennedy, and Kaleb have shared one crowded bedroom in her parents’ house. Partnering with Manhattan Area Habitat for Humanity, Nikki and her kids finally have their own space to work, play, and dream. – Nikki Crabtree,  House # 23


hilt-familyAs a young married couple, Jeremy and Krystle have faced much adversity and have relied on their faith in God to see them through.  This Habitat home is the fulfillment of their dreams.  Krystle has said, “This home is everything to us.”  It is a chance for her and Jeremy to create loving childhood memories for their children, a chance to truly settle into a community and raise their family in a safe and stable home environment.  This Habitat home is truly the embodiment of faith, community, hard work and love. – Jeremy & Krystal Hilt, House # 26