From Kenya to Texas, one man finally finds a place to call home

Posted Friday, May. 23, 2014  comments  Print Reprints

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Paul Wanene has lived in Texas for 10 years after moving from Kenya.

But the 35-year-old commercial truck driver hasn’t had a home he could be proud of until now.

On Thursday, Wells Fargo presented Trinity Habitat for Humanity with a $75,000 check to go toward the completion of Wanene’s home in east Arlington and to support revitalization efforts in the Greenway neighborhood of north Fort Worth. Wells Fargo also donated the lot that Wanene’s home was built on through its Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

Wanene has worked on other people’s homes through the Habitat Build a Home Program since April 2013, when he was approved for his own home. He has volunteered 250 hours, 28 of them on his own home.

“I have been part of building my home since the first day, putting in studs for the walls and the sheathing,” he said. “I also worked on the roof.”

He plans to move into his new home in December with his wife and children. — Terry Evans and Monica S. Nagy

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