Hope Defined

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The Ufomba family in Hope Defined.

Capital District Habitat for Humanity will be premiering a short documentary about one of its homeowners tonight (Friday) at The Palace. The screening of Hope Defined is part of a Habitat fundraiser event that includes light fare and cocktails before, and dessert and coffee afterward. Tickets are $65.

We got a chance to see the mini doc, produced by Troy-based Aurora Studios, this week. It tells the story of Ugo and Angelina Ufomba and their struggle to find good, affordable housing in the area. After moving to the Capital Region from Germany -- where Angelina met Ugo while she was serving in the military -- they bounced around from family, to bad apartments, even to a homeless shelter, while dealing with unemployment and illness. And while the short film is basically a promo for how Habitat was able to help the couple -- they eventually become homeowners -- it also highlights how hard it can be to get a financial foothold when you're not starting with much, even if you're willing to work hard.

We hope Habitat eventually posts the short doc online. Because it's worth a watch.

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