The Tehnilenco Family
We look forward to having “our own quiet, peaceful little place and we are forever grateful to Habitat for Humanity”
When Stefan and Nina emigrated from the Republic of Moldova to the United States in 2003 they arrived with two goals in mind- United States citizenship and a home to call their own. Despite the language barrier, they both found employment and worked hard. Living frugally and saving as much as they could, they were well on their way to homeownership when they found themselves faced with a new challenge- Nina’s failing health.
Not knowing what was wrong, they went to doctor after doctor in search of answers. When they finally found a doctor who could diagnose and treat Nina, their savings account was depleted and their dream of homeownership erased. With no option but to carry on, they found an apartment they could afford on Stefan’s income as a custodian of Charles D. Owen Middle School, and in 2014 they proudly became US citizens.
While they had accepted the fact that they would not be able to purchase a home on the open market, they still longed for a nicer, more affordable place to live. Their apartment perpetually smelled like smoke from the previous tenants, and living on the second floor was becoming a challenge for Nina. When their rent increased by $180 a month they knew they had to do something.
Fortunately, as well connected members of the Moldovan community in Asheville, they learned about Habitat for Humanity and decided to apply. As board-approved homebuyers, the Tehnilenco’s have now come full circle. Not only did they achieve their goal of becoming United States citizens, through Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity they are finally realizing their dream of homeownership! They will purchase a 2 bedroom, energy-efficient one story home in Habitat’s McKinley neighborhood of Shiloh.