Christina, originally from Lincoln, lived in a 2 bedroom trailer on rented land for 8 years with her two teenage daughters, Sonia (14) & Elena (12) who shared a small, cramped bedroom.The trailer home was in poor condition assessed at $3,000 due to the cracked floors, windows that didn’t lock and leaked in cold air and rain, and a roof that required yearly maintenance. In 2012, Christina found herself unemployed and going through not one, but two cancer surgeries. Their home was not safe or healthy for this mother and daughters to live.
Things started to turn around for the Rodriguez family. In 2013, Christina was told she was cancer free! She also applied for a Habitat home– and was accepted during the 2014 application process. Over the next year, Christina and her daughters worked alongside Habitat volunteers to build her home. When Christina and her daughters signed their mortgage papers and moved into their home they helped build, they were all smiles. They now have a safe, healthy home.
No matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures.
At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us. Through shelter, we empower. Our shared vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Because you, me, we - we're all humans. And every single one of us deserves the opportunity for a better future. Your support- $100 or any amount you can afford- helps a mother like Christina build a decent place to call home. Give today!
To qualify for a Habitat home in Lancaster County a family of four would need an annual income between $24,3000 and $35,200.
It takes approximately 2,000 volunteer hours to complete a Habitat house. Habitat families are required to complete 300-400 “sweat equity” hours before moving into their Habitat home.
The average monthly mortgage payment for new mortgages is $500 including taxes and insurance.
Children of homeowners are 116% more likely to graduate from college compared to children in families who do not own their homes.
Ther foreclosure rate on Habitat houses in the United States is less than 2% on an annualized basis.
90 percent of surveyed Habitat homeowners in 44 U.S. cities said they could not have owned a home without help from Habitat.