290 SE Pioneer Way
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
1592 Main Street
Freeland, WA 98249
380 SE Pioneer Way, Ste. 103
Oak Harbor WA 98277
PO Box 2279
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
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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!”
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.
Steven and Vicki have been living in island county for 3 years after leaving their hometowns in Mississippi. They have two tiny terrorists, Houston (3 years old) and Raelyn (10 months old). Steven and Vicki live very balanced lives. They jokingly say Steven is the brawns and Vicki is the brains of the operation. Their lives are so busy and chaotic, chasing monsters (AKA adorable but evil children) and working, that they consider peace and quiet "fun". When faced with a challenge they’ll both work to find solutions instead of excuses. As a family of 4, they realize they need their own space but purchasing a home has just been out of reach. However, after learning more about Habitat for Humanity and how it’s not a charity program, they saw an opportunity for homeownership.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.