2016 Christmas Giving
Silverbackks has partnered with Topeka Habitat for Humanity to help bring a Merry Christmas to two area families, the Ortegas and the Parkers. Please read on for more information about each family and ways you can help them have a happy holiday season. Each family has a wish list and, alternately, you can donate cash. Everything, both items and cash, that is given to each family will go directly to them.
The Ortega Family
In the early morning hours of March 13, 2012, 8-year old Ahliyah Irvin was abducted from her home while her family slept and was brutally murdered. It has been four years since the trial has ended and the Topeka community has started to heal but for the family time has stood still until recently. When we informed Angela of her family’s selection as Topeka Habitat for Humanity’s 102nd partner family, she wept tears of thanks. This home–to be completed in the late spring of 2017–will provide her with a fresh start. It has already provided her with a new sense of purpose and motivation, and will provide the space for her family to continue to heal together under one roof.
Nothing we as a community can do can erase the pain and terror with losing a child, but this home will, at the very least, allow her safe and affordable shelter every night. It will continue to further Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope. And, for the Ortega family, hope is the greatest gift of all.
The Parker Family
The Parker Family–Jessica, Jeremy, JaMaya, JaLiyah, JaLaja, JaCionna, and Baby Girl Parker (due in April) –is Topeka Habitat for Humanity’s 100th Partner Family!
The Parker Family is a testament to the strength of Topeka Habitat for Humanity’s partner families. Having endured years of substandard housing, through a low-income rental assistance program, the Parkers currently reside in a 2-bedroom apartment that does not provide the space or the safety for their growing family of seven. Jessica, a self-employed massage therapist, works tirelessly for the family while balancing caring for her four daughters with the assistance of Jeremy, a full-time cook. While being selected as the 100th Habitat partner family, friends and acquaintances shared stories of their endurance as a couple through difficult times and noted time and time again that they “are not people who will accept their circumstances and always strive for better.”
Their new home, to be completed in early 2017, will provide them with not only expanded space with five bedrooms and two bathrooms, but will provide them with a safe and affordable home that they can call their very own.