All of the donations, hours, and support that come from volunteers, friends, and family of Habitat for Humanity go towards changing the lives of families just like the Casas family. Like many families in America, they have been trapped in an inadequate living situation. The family of five lives in a two-bedroom apartment in a crime-ridden neighborhood. Although Jose and Maria work hard to support their family, their low-wage jobs have made it impossible to move. Their situation began to worsen when the apartment faced theft, vandalism, and maintenance issues leaving them without hot water.
The Casas family’s story turned around when their application for a Habitat house was approved. Finally, the family was given the life-changing opportunity of owning a home – a dream they never thought possible.
“The first moment we saw the house, we liked the house. Then, when we qualified for the house, we couldn’t believe it. We were crying. I was crying. We were so happy. This is unbelievable. Something really big is going to change our lives.” -Jose Casas
The Casas’ devotion to moving into their new house is obvious. The family completed their 500 hours of sweat equity in just 10 weeks – a San Diego Habitat for Humanity record! All members of the family volunteered their time – sometimes up to 60 hours a week. Much of their sweat equity took place at our new ReStore location on 837 Metcalf in Escondido, making a huge difference in its opening weeks. On behalf of the ReStore staff and the rest of the staff at Habitat we give the Casas family a BIG thank you for all of this hard work!
We are so excited for the Casas family to have a home they deserve and grateful to supporters like you for helping to turn their dreams into reality.