It’s a Home for Good.
Smiles, cheers and well-wishes greeted the Ayamba family in Roanoke, Virginia, as 14 family members stood proudly on their new front porch.
WSLS 10 partnered with Habitat For Humanity in the Roanoke Valley on the station’s fifth project.
This year’s Home for Good, the Apostle Build project, also included support from Journey FM and 20 area churches.
“What an amazing feeling to be up here on this porch, leading to this beautiful home WE built,” WSLS 10 Vice President and General Manager Jaimie Leon said. “We are grateful for our partnership with Habitat For Humanity, our generous corporate sponsors and our wonderful volunteers.”
War forced the Ayamba family from their home in Central Africa. The Ayambas moved from refugee camp to refugee camp before relocating in the United States. They settled in Roanoke in 2016, with the goal of building a better life for their 12 children who range in age from 1 to 25.
“Well it’s very incredible that we’re here on the porch of the house," said Mwenebatu Ayamba, the oldest son. “It’s very exciting and I’m really happy for this.”
WSLS 10’s John Carlin and Brittny McGraw broadcast this year’s house dedication live during the station’s 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. newscasts.
This Habitat project was the largest build ever, featuring seven bedrooms.
WSLS 10 staff members rolled up their sleeves and worked side-by-side with the family and volunteers during the four-month build.
“I think it’s easy to forget that with a house this size, how much more work is involved,” said Brian Clark, a Habitat construction manager. “If you think of some of our single-story builds, this is like taking two houses and stacking them on top of each other, and so it’s easy to forget that much more work.”
Habitat For Humanity Roanoke Valley has built 244 homes serving more than 1041 individuals since 1986.