Melissa Brown was born and raised in British Columbia, Canada. After graduating with her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Youth Care, Melissa married and had a son, Donnavin Jr. They moved to the USA and shortly after, her daughter Meliyah was born. After living in Virginia for a short while, they moved to Oak Harbor. Melissa worked in Foster Care services for almost three years before starting with The Opportunity Council. Melissa enjoys serving her community and helping those in need and is truly grateful for being selected as a partner family. The entire family loves living in Oak Harbor and are looking forward to being a part of the community! Her house kicked off this June and framing is well underway. Her future three bedroom home is located in the Crosby Commons neighborhood in Oak Harbor. In a first-ever home partnership, IDEX Health & Science have committed to help build her home here.
Gail Klebold has lived on Whidbey Island since April 1994. In 1995, she had her first daughter, Meaghan, and then in 2000, she had her second daughter, Bryanna. The idea of raising her children on Whidbey gave her the feeling of security, as she is a single mom. Gail has worked locally as an administrative professional since 2001. She and her daughters are active with the Island Church Of Whidbey located in Langley. Gail, Meaghan and Bryanna would like to thank Habitat for making it possible for them to finally be able to own their own home.
Yesenia Leon is a single mother with two amazing kids. She moved to Whidbey Island seven years ago to raise her family and start a new career. Since then, she has been working in the medical field while pursuing a degree in Nursing. She has completed the LPN program and is now currently applying for the RN program.
"As a single mother it has been difficult to accomplish some of my goals but my kids are my motivation to keep reaching for those goals. Habitat for Humanity of Island County helped me accomplish my homeowner goals and provided a stable home for my kids." ~Yesenia Leon
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Freeland, WA 98249
Angelica Buttler was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she lived with her parents through college. Upon graduation in 1999, she moved to San Diego as part of her goal of becoming bilingual. She married in 2001 and moved to Oak Harbor. In 2004 he son Jerry Buttler Jr. was born and Oak Harbor became home ever since. Angelica has worked for the Navy Exchange for the last 8 years.
Angelica and Jerry are very grateful to HFHIC for the wonderful opportunity of becoming homeowners. She was selected into the program just before the holidays and we are excited to welcome her into our Habitat Family!
Lindsey is a single mother to three amazing little men and has lived on Whidbey Island for the last five years. She loves this great community, beautiful location, and wonderful relationships with her work family at a local Title & Escrow office. Lindsey and her sons Knox, Rocco, and Teague, all feel incredibly blessed for this opportunity and look forward to working on their future home as well as others.
Hidemi Dettman and her children, Shaun and Sarah, moved to Oak Harbor from Japan, where she was born and raised. They came shortly after the 2011 earthquake in hopes of restarting her life after separating from her husband. Coming from devastation, they brought very little with them, and faced much hardship as they tried to find a way to survive. Hidemi struggles to find work due to her language barrier and lack of high school education, while Shaun is trying to find resources to begin his college life. Fortunately, they met many generous and welcoming people who helped them find the resources necessary to continue living on Whidbey, to include Habitat. Hidemi and her children currently volunteer at Spin Café, cooking meals twice a week for others in need in order to repay the community which helped her get back on her feet.
Having lived here all her life, Oak Harbor is the one place Heather Czlapinski feels at home. In 2011, she welcomed her son Preston, who has proven to be a true blessing. Heather is happy to have her family close by, she has a great job at a local real estate office, well established roots, and a feels real sense of community on Whidbey Island. So as a single mom, raising her son here is a high priority. Heather & Preston would like to thank Habitat for this wonderful opportunity to finally own a home of their own in this community.
Born in Coupeville, WA, Bonnie Patterson is a Whidbey Island native. Her son Darian is a Sophomore at Oak Harbor High School and is very active in sports. He is on the Oak Harbor High School Football, Basketball, and Track team. Her daughter Amaya, is a 5 year old Kindergartner, and loves to learn. Bonnie is a single mother who works full time to provide for her children. She loves living in Oak Harbor and loves the wonderful people in this community. She is extremely grateful for Habitat for Humanity and is very excited to build a better life for her and her children. “It is going to be hard work with a lot of sweat involved, but that is what is so wonderful about this opportunity. I have always worked hard for everything I have and I am just so thankful!”
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Although I haven’t always resided in Oak Harbor, I have always called it home. After leaving the area during high school, I pursued higher education and earned a job in accounting. With my daughter grown and attending college herself, I moved back and enrolled in Skagit Valley College, and later went on to finish my Bachelors with honors in Human Services and Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University. When I wasn’t working diligently to finish my schooling, I spent my time volunteering at SPIN Café. I have taken every opportunity I could to give back to the community I love. I am eternally grateful for the homeownership opportunity Habitat for Humanity is providing.
My name is Chrissie Dunlap. I am a native Washingtonian and have lived on the Island for the past 18+ years. I have the honor to be mom to four grown children and grama to eight grandchildren. I am the Director of Administrations and Communications at my church, Grace by the Sea Anglican. I have never owned a home before so this opportunity from Habitat for Humanity is by the Grace of God. Jesus has blessed me immensely, so I give Him all the Glory.
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Cassie Cooley was born and raised in Oak Harbor, Washington. She grew up with two older brothers and a younger sister. She spent most of her adolescence involved in the youth football cheer program. She then went on to cheer and compete with the Oak Harbor High School cheer team. After graduation she went to college in Nampa, Idaho. After a year and half in Nampa she decided that Idaho was not for her and moved back home. Although her family has moved off Whidbey Island, she chose to stay. Cassie loves Oak Harbor and the sound of jet noise. She has spent the last 10 years working for Diamond Rentals. Cassie would like to thank Habitat for making it possible to finally own her own home.
Jennifer Hartt came to Whidbey Island after marrying Daniel Hartt in 1983. She and her two children, Miles and Erin, have called Oak Harbor "home" ever since. Unfortunately, Dan passed away in 2010, leaving Jennifer to raise their two children by herself. Shortly after Dan's passing, their family pet, Trooper was adopted. Jennifer has worked for the Navy Exchange for the past 30 years, and Miles and Erin are currently enrolled in college. Their service to this community has been with the international student exchange program World Heritage, the Boys and Girls Club, local youth programs, and Children Church ministries at Life Church. Jennifer is currently enrolled to become a certified foster parent. They are very excited to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Island County and to be given the opportunity to become successful homeowners.
Rebecca Abernathy is 27 years old, was born in Portland Oregon and raised in Pocatello Idaho. She joined the Navy in 2012 and got out in 2016. Married Kirk in 2016 and is currently a Skagit Valley College student pursuing an art or counseling degree. She loves to hang out with family and friends, draw, music, coffee and especially being able to hang out with Zek! Zek is 2 1/2, he loves his stuffed dog and blankey, he loves food, singing, drums, air guitar, playing outside, cars, trucks and more recently he loves dinosaurs, Peter Pan and playing Batman and Robin.
Kirk Swallia is 30 years old, born and raised in Maine and lived in Idaho for about 5 years where his parents moved. He has a passion for writing music and loves to spend time and see new things with his friends and family. We love this scenic area and the city of Oak Harbor and are excited to see what the future holds!