”Habitat for Humanity doesn't just take wood and build homes, it takes hope and builds opportunity. It isn't just a house, it's an opportunity for a family to change their path. I am so excited for the Inyu family and this opportunity.Nick HamiltonFormer Habitat Homeowner & Current Board Member
What is the Inyu Build?
Coming together to help a great family build a new future.
We are exctied to be building a home in with the Inyu family. Over the next 12 months, we will bring donors, volunteers and other supporters together to help the Inyus build a new home...and a new future.Donate Now
Who are we helping?
Thomas and Joyce Inyu, their 7 kids, and Joyce's mother, Betty
The Inyus are an extremely generous and caring family. From their work with an orphanage in Uganda to growing vegetables to share with the local community, they are always looking for ways to help make lives better for those around them. Even when they didn't get selected for a Habitat home the first two times they applied, they were overjoyed for the families who were selected. Their turn has come! Their new home will help 3 generations truly thrive and give them more opportunities to serve others.
Read more about the Inyus below.
How does the Habitat program work?
A hand UP, not a Hand OUT.
Habtitat homes are NOT free. Every Habtiat homeowner starts out as a homebuilder; contributing hundreds of hours of "sweat equity" by helping build other Habitat homes, working in our ReStore and other volunteer roles at Habitat, but mostly...helping to build thier own home. They are also required to complete our awarded winning homeownership education course.
Once thier home is built, they purchase the home from us through an income-based mortgage. Over the next 30 years, their payments will be "paid forward" and used to help sustain our mission and build future homes.
We can't do it alone, however. Your gifts are needed today to help purchase building materials, feed our volunteers, and pay for subcontractors. Your donations will be matched by Julia and her family as they "pay forward" their mortgage payments and help build future homes. Please help make it happen with a donation today.Donate Now
Thomas and Joyce Inyu’s story began nearly 30 years ago in a refugee camp in Uganda. Escaping unsafe conditions in South Sudan, Thomas was flown to Uganda where he found refuge in a camp in 1992. A couple of years later, Joyce arrived at the same refugee camp after traveling for a week by foot and then accessing a truck to travel the final miles to safety. Their years in the refugee camp were spent involved in church planting and evangelism, helping family and friends in the refugee camps, supporting orphanages, and working in jail ministry.
In 2013, Thomas and Joyce left the camp for opportunities in the United States. Thomas obtained a degree in Theology. He serves at Salem Church as an elder and serves the South Sudanese Fellowship at Salem. Thomas loves to read and serve as a mentor, building relationships and counseling through conflict resolution in their community and in other states. Thomas also hosts memorial services. If an elder passes away at home in an African community, Thomas will lead events in the US to honor and offer memorial services for the elder and his family.
Joyce is employed by Coach’s Choice and is a talented seamstress and tailor. She enjoys attending Bible studies, singing, and engaging in traditional dance. Joyce has strongly supported Thomas in his many roles and sometimes serves jointly with him. Joyce and Thomas enjoy gardening and nurturing a large community garden plot that provides fresh produce for many families.
The Inyu family became familiar with Habitat for Humanity through members of their community and saw an opportunity to invest in a home of their own that would meet the needs of their growing family. Thomas and Joyce currently live in North Fargo in a single residential rental property. It is a busy and bustling home with their 7 children, ranging in age from 2 – 19, and Joyce’s mother, Betty. Their current home has 4 bedrooms, but the Habitat for Humanity home will better accommodate their family of 10 members. They were very excited, joyful, and happy when they first heard that they would be receiving a home through H4H. They were honored to be selected as a Habitat Partner Family in late January of 2022 and are anxious to begin their Habitat build in 2023. Thomas and Joyce, along with their older children, are actively involved in volunteering for Habitat while Grandma Betty watches the younger children.
Will having this home encourage you to stay part of the F-M community for years to come? Thomas and Joyce feel that the new home will build a strong connection with the community and a strong sense of being part of the community. They have not moved since arriving in Fargo and they intend to stay and serve the community.
What have you enjoyed most about H4H? The family believes in the importance of hard work, and they have enjoyed the sweat equity hours that have been part of their experience at Habit for Humanity. The Inyus have enjoyed meeting people, learning new skills, learning more about building and maintaining a home, and helping in the community. Thomas and Joyce feel like their family will be able to pay it forward by helping others in the future through Habitat.
What part excites you most? Thomas is excited to be putting in the sod and putting up the walls. Joyce is excited to decorate and make the house a home! The kids are excited about the new space.
How do you see yourself and your family in 10 years? Thomas and Joyce see their family as better off from their experiences and learning over the years when looking back a decade from now. They see their family fully integrated into the community and giving back through hard work and all the relationships they have built. They also anticipate saving more money as they invest in their own home versus living in a rental property.
How do you see your involvement continuing with H4H? For Thomas and his family, it is tradition to volunteer and to work hard. That is how they like to live and give to others. Even after their home is built, they will continue to support and be involved in Habitat, helping at build sites, and offering support and care to new families in the program.