HARLINGEN — Throughout the year, Lisa Campos could often be found with a hammer in hand while sporting a hardhat.
She was working toward making her dream of owning a home come to fruition.
And after several months of hard work, the single mother from La Feria is now able to relocate to her new home in Harlingen along with her daughter and granddaughter.
Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley held a home dedication ceremony yesterday morning in Harlingen for Lisa and her family.
“We’re super excited for her because it’s hard when you rent and rent, and still don’t have a place to put up the pictures because the house doesn’t belong to you,” Habitat for Humanity Interim Executive Director Febe Zepeda said. “But now she’s able to make these affordable payments and call this place home.”
Through Habitat for Humanity’s Housing Ownership Program, the Campos family was able to become the nonprofit’s next set of low-income homebuyers.
According to Zepeda, construction of the Campos’ home began at the beginning of this year in January or February.
The house was built in partnership with The Little Green Book Foundation.
The local nonprofit organization donated $25,000 to help build the home.
“They’re one of those donors that don’t like recognition,” Zepeda explained. “They do it because they want to serve. People may not see it, but God sees it.”
Tabitha Villarreal, Lisa’s youngest daughter, expressed her gratitude to Habitat for Humanity during the ceremony.
“I want every single one of you to know you’ve really changed a lot of lives by doing this. It’s a big moment that means the world to me,” she said as she tried to hold back tears. “I can only imagine how many families you guys do this for. That’s amazing and beautiful.”
At the end of the ceremony, Habitat for Humanity Board Member Joseph Woellhof said he felt humbled to be a part of such a good organization and handed a house key to the Campos family.
“I want to make sure everyone that’s worked with this organization knows that I know how wonderful they are,” Woellhof said. “It’s just a wonderful feeling to hand off a house like this to somebody that has been working hard to earn it and is going to appreciate it.”
The Campos family completed 300 “sweat equity” hours toward their three-bedroom, two-bathroom home by helping with construction and working in Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Harlingen.
“Lisa was here putting in those sweat equity hours and she seemed really grateful every time,” Zepeda said. “She was able to hammer nails into walls and put the studs together and everything.”
Zepeda said Habitat for Humanity is always looking for families to help.
“A lot of people don’t apply because they think they’re not going to qualify, but you don’t know until you apply,” she said. “It’s always good to try.”
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Habitat for Humanity of the Rio Grande Valley has existed for 30 years.
• Through Habitat for Humanity’s Housing Ownership Program, Habitat for Humanity sells “simple, decent and affordable houses to qualifying low income families.
• To apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/y4ps7zw7