March 28, 2018
CHWC is proud to have served many immigrant and refugee clients. Their individual stories of strength and persistence to overcome extremely challenging circumstances never cease to amaze us.
Gopal and Dil Kalikotay’s story begins in Nepal where they lived in a refugee camp for 18 years before they were finally able to immigrate to the United States in 2010. After four years in Arizona, the lack of job opportunities led them to move to Kansas City at the urging of family members already living here. They established themselves in Kansas City, Kansas, in 2014 where they lived with a relative while they got on their feet.
It was only two short years before Gopal and Dil began their homeownership journey in 2016 when Chief Properties, a local real estate agency in KCK, introduced them to CHWC. Angela Martellaro, Kalikotay’s realtor from Chief Properties, says likes CHWC because “they [CHWC] make sure all people in the community get to have a voice!”
Gopal and Dil attended CHWC’s Home Buyer Education class and learned the steps they needed to take to get ready to purchase a new home.
The Kalikotays chose a lot in Meadowlark Valley and decided to build the split-level 301 plan. Gopal and Dil upgraded their flooring to hardwood, which gives the house a gorgeous, modern finish. They added an extra bedroom and bathroom in the basement, putting their new home at four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and 1,770 square feet.
Achieving the American Dream of homeownership is especially important to Gopal and Dil after their long journey to get here. Gopal told CHWC, “Building a new house in the U.S. is a great accomplishment, but seeing our family name on the documents gives me an indescribable sensation of power.”
CHWC is pleased to welcome the Kalikotay Family to our country and our community.