Lindsay Lane is named in honor of the late Bill Lindsay, a Presbyterian pastor and one of the founders of the Willamette West affiliate of Habitat for Humanity. Lindsay Lane is home to 19 families. The final homes were finished in 2007.
Lutherans from the Tualatin Valley helped build final home of Lindsay Lane, the Farah/Omar house. Ali Farah and Fadumo Omar fled their native Somalia with their 5 sons when civil war erupted. They moved to Kenya and later obtained visas to move to the United States. During the visa application process, Faduma became pregnant.
Although Ali, Faduma, and their 5 boys were granted visas, they were unable to secure a visa in time for their new baby girl Ansal. Because their own visas might have expired before Ansal was granted her own visa, the family made the difficult decision to leave Ansal with relatives in Kenya.
The family worked diligently to make a new life here in Oregon and secure permission for their little girl to join them. Last year, they were blessed with a second baby girl, Ahlan.
The family worked for over a year, helping to build their neighbors' houses. Ali Farah has also acted as an interpreter for other Somali families applying for Habitat homes. Their sons have helped prepare our newsletters for mailing.
The Farah/Omar house was the 19th and final home to be completed at Lindsay Lane in Hillsboro. The house is a modified design of other previously constructed Lindsay Lane homes. The modifications include a cantilevered 2nd floor to provide space for a 5th bedroom.
As with all Willamette West Habitat homes, the structure includes two parking spaces, a outdoor storage shed, a large kitchen with a range/oven and fridge donated by Whirlpool, and privacy blinds donated by Hunter Douglas. Due to the large number of bedrooms in the home, the Farah/Omar family will have a half bathroom on the first floor and a full bathroom on the second floor.
In 2003, Steve & Lisa Ward purchased one of the first homes built at Lindsay Lane. Together with their three children, they watched as the rest of the 19-home community was completed over the next four years. When Steve, who joined the military, was posted to a base in the midwest, the Ward family wanted another local family to have a chance at a Habitat home. Willamette West Habitat bought the house back from the Wards in early 2008. That summer, Willamette West Habitat volunteers rehab'd the house for a new Habitat family--the Hagge Family. HomeStreet Bank donated funds to pay for the rehab costs.