Yussuf Mursal: Paying it Forward

By Jodi Lemmer, Development & Marketing Specialist

Yussuf Mursal embodies community. He is a caring husband and father of 5, active in helping others. He currently works for Catholic Charities where his job consists of helping new refugees adapt to American life. Many of these refugees are searching for a place to call home, which is all too familiar to Yussuf. He states, “A home is a place we all need to stay and shelter. Deciding where to live is one of the biggest decisions a human will make. Before we bought the house, I and my wife had no clue what to do.”

Yussuf came to the US from Somalia in 2004 as a refugee with his family when a friend directed him to ACTS Housing. Yussuf shares, “For me without having a guide to help you navigate your way to affordable homeownership is a challenge. ACTS…help guide your destination and help you overcome detours that may stand in your path as you go toward owning your first home. This year we [Catholic Charities] have 750 individuals coming from different countries of the world.” Yussuf says everybody coming to America has something in common: a dream to own a house. Now Yussuf directs many of his clients to ACTS Housing so that they can find a place that is really home, too.

Yussuf’s children are looking forward to the time of year including the approaching snowfall. Yussuf’s childrens’ favorite winter activity is making snowmen.

CLICK HERE to see Yussuf speak at the Longest Neighborhood Table event from a live feed courtesy of Wayne Breitbarth.

The home of Yussuf and his family on Milwaukee’s Eastside.

Yussuf shakes hands with Allison Steinhafel at the Longest Neighborhood Table event in September.

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ACTS Housing’s mission is to promote affordable home ownership that fosters a low-income family’s ability to be self-empowered, thereby reducing community blight, neighborhood deterioration, and poverty. ACTS’ strategy is to generate home ownership opportunities for inner-city residents within a targeted neighborhood so that an entire community can be transformed and sustained. ACTS’ team provides home buying services throughout the city of Milwaukee.
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