Homeowner Stories

The Duque Family

My name is Librado Duque. My wife and I are residents of the City of Glendale and I am a minister who preaches the word of God to heal and bring families together. I grew up in substandard housing in Mexico in a home built from mud and sticks; the home was a tiny room. Our home was so tiny that we had everything in one room – it was the kitchen, bedroom and living room. The bathroom was outside and our shower was a bucket of water that we filled up every day.

In 1985 our home crumbled due to an earthquake, but we were blessed to escape safely with our children. Since we lost our home to the earthquake we have rented apartments or houses; temporary places to live but by no means our “home.” We moved to the United States and to Arizona in 2003 after receiving an invitation to minister by a pastor from The Church of God and received Permanent Resident status two years later.

We currently live in a house in need of major repairs. The roof leaks, we have no heating system making the winters very cold, and lots of cats find refuge under our home so we constantly live with a bad odor. We make do because the home is provided by our church. Our children are all grown up now and it’s just my wife and me. We’ve been blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them, unfortunately the house is still not adequate enough to be able to welcome them to visit, and of course it is not ours to be able to repair.

One day a friend told us about Habitat for Humanity. We still did not believe that owning a home was truly possible but decided to apply anyway. We met with Rosie Dominguez and provided all the information she requested. We started to realize that maybe the home we had longed for was soon going to be a reality. On August 27, 2011 we received the call that we had been approved and now we can say that we were not only approved for a house but a “home” where we will be able to enjoy time with our family and friends and create beautiful memories for many years to come.

The Duque Family moved in to their renovated home in May 2012.

The Aguilar Family

Ana is a single parent with three daughters: Jennifer, age 18, Stephanie, age 16, and Yazmin, age 12. Ana emigrated from El Salvador and became a U.S. Citizen in Los Angeles. She has lived in Arizona for many years and is a Nutrition Representative at a Valley hospital.

Before Habitat, the family of four shared a small, crowded two-bedroom apartment with no yard or patio. They were afraid to be out after dark in the transient neighborhood. Groups of men would often loiter and drink in the apartment parking lot.

Ana worked very hard to make a better life for her family. Her daughter Jennifer is attending Glendale Community College on a 2-year scholarship for Civil Engineering. Stephanie is doing well in school and wants to attend Cosmetology School. Yazmin enjoys junior high school. The Aguilar family is very thankful to have the space and security of their new home in Habitat’s El Amor de Cristo subdivision in Peoria.

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