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Renovation in Westway opens door for struggling family

On Sept. 4, April Hoffman and her twin sons, DaShaun and Marschae, express gratitude for a Habitat for Humanity project that will benefit their family.  - Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror
On Sept. 4, April Hoffman and her twin sons, DaShaun and Marschae, express gratitude for a Habitat for Humanity project that will benefit their family.
— image credit: Andy Hobbs/Federal Way Mirror

April Hoffman wants her children to have a stable home.

Her twin 15-year-old sons, DaShaun and Marschae Davis-Sanders, were born with cerebral palsy. DaShaun needs a wheelchair to get around, but their current apartment is not handicapped-accessible.

Eight months ago, Hoffman reached out to Habitat for Humanity and was soon selected to become a new homeowner. Hoffman, who works as a school bus driver in Federal Way, never thought her dream of homeownership was possible.

Hoffman began putting in “sweat equity” last month on a house on SW 328th Street in the Westway neighborhood. The renovation marks Habitat for Humanity’s 39th project of its kind in Westway.

This project is funded by Delta Airlines’ in-flight recycling program. Delta employees will volunteer three days a week for the next six weeks to help build the home. This marks the airline’s first Habitat for Humanity project in the Seattle area.

“We grew up in Federal Way. This is our home. This is where we want to be,” Hoffman told volunteers at a kickoff Sept. 4. “We have struggled and have struggled some more. … As long as my kids have a stable home, it’s a blessing.”

DaShaun was especially grateful for his family’s new opportunity.

“Thanks for keeping this building going so we can get the show on the road,” said DaShaun, a sophomore at Decatur High School, to a round of applause from volunteers.

Habitat for Humanity’s recent renovations in the Westway neighborhood were made in partnership with the City of Federal Way and the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The program comes with a grant worth $1.69 million with the intention of buying and renovating 14 homes in Westway.

 

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