Iraqi Refugees get Renovated Home in Sacramento

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For months, Habitat for Humanity volunteers have worked to restore a Del Paso Heights home.

Saturday, the house was dedicated to a family that fled Iraq two and a half years ago.

“It’s a wonderful day. It’s his lucky day in the United States after two and a half years,” said Wasfi Dawood, through a translator.

Dawood his wife and children are thankful to be moving into the house.

“It’s like a fast dream to accomplish after what he went through with his family in Iraq and Egypt,” said Dawood.

The family came to Sacramento to escape a dangerous life in Iraq.

“When you come from a violent area and a war, you don’t know when you’re going to get killed,” said translator Abdul Rahman Alaya.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, the family has freedom; a home that’s been completely remodeled to suit their needs.

The couple’s son, Karrar suffers from a severe case of cerebral palsy.

The house has marble floors and a handicapped bathroom for him.

Volunteers worked on renovations for months.

“It was boarded up, graffiti, pretty much the eyesore of the block,” said Habitat for Humanity spokesperson Laine Himmelmann.

It’s an eyesore that has been transformed.

“I’ve been dreaming to live in a safe place and a safe country,” said Dawood.

Dawood says the next step is citizenship and ensuring a secure future for his children and grandchildren.

Habitat for Humanity volunteers spent months helping to remodel the home.

The family also put in 500 hours of work on the house.

This is Habitat for Humanity’s 121st completed home in Sacramento and Yolo counties.

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