In previous years our team has tackled projects that go towards a large non-profit organization, which has been awesome! But this year we want to mix things up, and do something that helps the community with almost immediate results. This year by helping one family in our area, we could be helping the entire Somali Refugee Community of Salt Lake City.

Ismael came as a refugee from Somalia to the United States ten years ago. For almost 30 years Somalia has been experiencing a horrific and terrifying war. We are so inspired by Ismael and his hard work. After coming from absolutely nothing into a new place,  he is now an established member of the Salt Lake Community. He is extremely giving, and spends his time helping and guiding new refugees as they begin their new lives. The transition is not easy!

With the help of Habitat for Humanity, Ismael and his family have also created a warm and welcoming home. They are one of the only home owners in their community, and they often host members of the Somali Refugee Community. Their home is a safe place to send the children to play, and their yard is big enough to host the whole community for parties and gatherings. 

Aren’t you impressed by Ismael and his family? We sure are, which is why we want to help them and their community. Ismael’s backyard is full of weeds, old fences, and other obstacles in the way of fun and enjoyment. Today the Windermere team will be working on Ismael’s backyard, in order to make it a more enjoyable, open, and clean space for him and his community! His number one goal is to create a safe place for the children of the Somali Refugee Community to play in.

So our number one goal is to help! We will be pulling weeds, laying sod, fixing fences, building a playground, assembling backyard furniture, and even planting a garden! The Somali Community is hard working, resilient, and inspires us, this is the least we can do to help them feel more at home. Ismael says the community has been hoping and praying for something like this, and “After a lifetime of seeing so much hatred, it is truly amazing to see people who care about us and are willing to help us. For the first time in a long time, we are starting to feel at home."

We can’t wait to get to work!