SUCCESS STORIES

Here are some of GHURA's Success Stories...
 


 

Jean Dimaano

2017 FSS Graduate
 

“…..glad to inspire others!”

Jean Dimaano began her journey with GHURA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in January of 2013, with the vision of one day owning her own home. While participating under the FSS program, Jean earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Guam. Through her commitment, diligence, and perseverance, coupled with the support and guidance of GHURA’s team of Program Coordinators from both the FSS Program and the Renewable Affordable Homes Program, her vision has become a reality. Motivated by the prospects of the numerous FSS program benefits which were made available to her, Jean, a mother of five (5) boys, aged 17, 14, 11, and twins aged 4, unwaveringly pursued her dream, and in November, 2017, she successfully purchased a completely renovated 3-bedroom, fully fenced home for herself and her sons.

During the course of her FSS voyage, Jean was linked with, and participated in numerous FSS supported activities. These included a “Home Buying Seminar” sponsored by Citibank, the “Homebuyers Education Course”, offered by The Micronesia Community Development Center (MCDC), and the “Pathways to Homeownership” and “ABC’s of Credit” courses offered by the Bank of Hawaii.

Armed with expanded knowledge gained through her participation in the many workshops offered through the FSS program, and a sense of determination, Jean pursued homeownership through GHURA’s Community Planning and Development, Renewable Affordable Homes Program.

The GHURA team is proud to have been a part of the Dimaano family’s journey, and congratulates them on their commitment to self-sufficiency, and realizing the Guamanian dream of homeownership!


 
 


Jennifer Ann Guile

2017 FSS Graduate



“Its exciting honestly, we’re learning new things!”

Ms. Jennifer Ann Guile participated in the Family Self-Sufficiency Program beginning March 1, 2011, selecting “Home-Ownership” as her final goal. Jennifer applied to participate in the FSS program after learning about it through her participation in GHURA’s Section-8 program.  She successfully accomplished all goals and activities outlined in her Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP), and effectively completed her Contract of Participation.

With a target completion date for move-in scheduled for August 2018, Jennifer and her family put in sweat equity hours toward the build of their brand new, 4-bedroom home. She continues to gain hands-on knowledge in both plumbing and electrical skills along the way, so that she is able to maintain her new home for years to come! The guile family home is located in the Sagan Bonita Sub-Division, phase 2.

GHURA’s Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program, along with its Community Partners, coordinated seminars and workshops which provided Ms. Guile with information relevant to her journey toward homeownership. These include, Pathways to Homeownership for First-Time Homebuyers, ABC’s of Credit Repair, Homeownership Counseling, Loan Affordability Analysis and the Homebuyer’s Education Courses. Ms. Guile earnestly attended each of these. Throughout her journey, she exhibited a great determination to succeed and achieve her dream. Her fortitude, and unwavering dedication to her family, and the FSS program have proven her successful in accomplishing her final goal.

During her journey with GHURA and the FSS program, Ms. Guile obtained her Associates of Arts degree through the University of Phoenix, with an emphasis on Health Care Administration. As she worked toward earning this degree, she was simultaneously employed with the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) as a Ward Clerk. In 2014, Ms. Guile was offered an opportunity for career enrichment through the Guam Regional Medical City (GRMC). True to her nature and determined to meet her goals, she accepted the offer, and is currently employed as Lead Scheduling Clerk. Since being employed with the GRMC, she has advanced to an acting position as Operation Room Administrative Assistant. She anticipates promoting to this position in a permanent capacity, once it becomes available later this year. She attributes her success under the program to the support of her 4 children; 3 girls, and 1 boy.

Through collaborative efforts between the GHURA Family-Self-Sufficiency program and its program partners, Ms. Guile’s aspirations of homeownership have become a reality. Team GHURA congratulates the Guile family on this amazing accomplishment!


 


 


James and Leonor Tabunar

2017 FSS Graduates



“Homeownership..…an impossible dream, come true!”

A Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program participant since February 2010, Mr. James Tabunar has successfully accomplished his ultimate dream of Homeownership. Mr. Tabunar chose Homeownership as the final goal outlined in his FSS program Individual Training and Service Plan (ITSP), effectively completing his Contract of Participation!

As GHURA Section-8 participants, the Tabunar’s along with Team FSS, worked closely with GHURA’s HOME Investment Partnership Program in conjunction with the Micronesian Community Development Corporation (MCDC) Self-Help Program to purchase their brand new 4-bedroom home in the Sagan Bonita Sub-Division, phase 2. The target completion date for construction is scheduled for August 2018.

The Tabunar family participates in the construction of their home by putting in sweat equity hours, performing jobs such as laying batter boards, and even gaining some plumbing and electrical knowledge along the way to ensure that they are able to maintain their home!

Mr. Tabunar also enthusiastically participated in many of the seminars/workshops which have been coordinated collaboratively through the FSS program and its program partners, which include Bank of Hawaii, the Micronesia Community Development Corporation (Self-Help), and Citibank. Notable workshops include, Pathways to Homeownership for First-Time Homebuyers, ABC’s of Credit Repair, Homeownership Counseling, Loan Affordability Analysis, and a Homebuyer’s Education Course. Armed with new insight, and a keen awareness gained through these workshops, Mr. Tabunar was able to successfully meet all the criteria of becoming a homeowner. He attributes his success to the unwavering support of his wife, Leonor, and their 11 children; 6 girls and 5 boys.

Sharing their thoughts about their journey with FSS Coordinators, the Tabunar’s express, “We are a household of 13 family members. My family is very grateful for being part of the GHURA Family Self Sufficiency (FSS) program, and for the support and encouragement we received, and various seminars and trainings we were fortunate to attend. We were always informed of seminars or trainings that were available to achieve the goals that we set-up to accomplish. We completed various activities through the help of FSS, such as Citibank Home-buying Seminar, Mortgage Analysis with Guam Housing Corporation, Prequalification with the GHURA Affordable Renewal Program, Bank of Hawaii Smart Money Seminar: Pathways to Homeownership & ABC of Credit Repair, Homeownership Orientation, and the Home-buyer Education Course with Micronesia Community Development Corporation (MCDC). Thank you GHURA FSS team for this once in a lifetime opportunity, and push to reach our final goal especially when it seemed very difficult or even impossible to accomplish it on time. We encourage others to try the program. There is nothing to lose but so much to gain. Sincerely, The Tabunar Family

FSS Coordinators are humbled by the sentiments that the Tabunar family has shared. GHURA is honored to have been a part of their journey, and their success!