Holidays are special for the Mbiye family. Tshibamba, his wife Melanie Kabenga Meta, and their seven children gather at their home, a home built with their hands and the hands of many volunteers working in partnership with Merrimack Valley Habitat. For them, it is a special refuge. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), the Mbiye family had lived a comfortable middle-class life. A pharmacist, businessman, and university instructor, Tshibamba lost all for his political activities and for his friendships. Repeatedly arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and tortured by the security forces of the ruling dictators, he was smuggled to the Ivory Coast in 2001, and then to the United States. Granted political asylum by the US in 2003, he brought his family here in 2004, where they began to work to build a new life and a new home, becoming a Merrimack Valley Habitat homeowner in Market Common. Here the Mbiye family has been an important part of the Habitat family. Working on their home and others, the “many hands of the Mbiyes” were an ever-welcome sight on our Saturday workdays. As settled-in homeowners, they are now part of the larger community in which they live. Lives rebuilt in faith, love, and a helping hand.