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Lexington Habitat: Family from Republic of Congo will soon have a new home following project


Jacky Kapudi will join volunteers from Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe to begin building her Lexington Habitat home on July 27. It will be the first Habitat home sponsored by the restaurant.

Taziki’s is providing a full home sponsorship and is welcoming community volunteers to join their staff in building the home. For Jacky and her family it is a dream come true that they will soon have their own home.

For Jacky Kapudi, the home will provide a stable space for her family to grow and learn. Her three children Blonde (17), Samuel (15) and Laure (13) are looking forward to having a permanent place to call home (Habitat Photo)

For Jacky Kapudi, the home will provide a stable space for her family to grow and learn. Her three children Blonde (17), Samuel (15) and Laure (13) are looking forward to having a permanent place to call home (Habitat Photo)

Jacky was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and fled with her children from the conflict there. Sadly, her mother is still in the Congo and one of Jacky’s goals is to one day bring her to the U.S. For Jacky, the home will at last provide a stable space for her family to grow and learn. Her three children Blonde (17), Samuel (15) and Laure (13) are looking forward to having a permanent place to call home.

Jacky works at the University of Kentucky, and enjoys improving her English by reading, writing and translating at home. As with so many refugees from the Congo, she is already fluent in several languages and one day hopes to work in education.

She speaks again and again of how grateful she is, and how much she appreciates Taziki’s who through their home sponsorship is helping make this home possible. She is looking forward to completing her 250 sweat equity hours by volunteering alongside Taziki’s employees and community volunteers as they build her home.

When she purchases her home later this year and walks into it for the first time she has simple plans: “Prayer and food!”

Jacky’s home will be the first home sponsored by Taziki’s. The restaurant features fresh and healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine and is located at 117 Southland Drive, making them a nearby Lexington Habitat ReStore neighbor.

The owners have pledged to build one new Lexington Habitat home every year, and employees will volunteer with the organization throughout the year.

“Habitat for Humanity provides such an important service to our community,” said Bill Simms, Vice President of Operations. “Those of us at Taziki’s recognize that we have all been the recipients of grace and assistance at some point in our lives and we are honored by the opportunity to help provide this home to a deserving family in Lexington, and look forward to partnering with Habitat to provide more in the future.”

From Habitat for Humanity Communications


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