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“I simply know that Habitat is the most amazing program that not only builds your house, but also builds your self-esteem.”

Meet Miriam, a devoted single mother and immigrant from Mexico, who is currently part of the Habitat for Humanity program. She has a 19-year-old son named Carlos, who is passionate about sports, especially basketball, surfing, and baseball. Carlos dreams of becoming a fitness coach and enjoys filming and editing photos. Next year, he is planning on moving to California near the Pacific Ocean to continue surfing as a hobby. Miriam’s journey to homeownership is both inspiring and heartwarming.

“I am a caring, loving, and responsible single mom,” Miriam says. “I came to the USA about 15 years ago.” Miriam currently works for an incredible program called HIPPY, where she educates parents to help their preschool children prepare for school and life. Miriam cherishes the strong community she has built with friends she met in an English class in Florida. They celebrate holidays together, creating a sense of family far from home.

Miriam and her son Carlos share a special bond. They enjoy going to the movies, the beach, eating sushi, and traveling to Mexico to visit family in Aguascalientes. However, their current living situation in HUD housing is challenging due to limited space and the difficulty Miriam faces with her knee pain going up and down stairs. “My bedroom and shower are upstairs, and lately my left knee has been bothering me,” she explains. Despite her hard work, Miriam’s attempts to secure a bank loan for a house were unsuccessful due to her job’s seasonal nature.

When Miriam learned she was accepted into the Habitat for Humanity program, she was overjoyed. “I thought I was going to be able to provide my son with a decent home,” she recalls. Miriam looks forward to numerous changes in her life once she moves into her Habitat home, such as having a garden to care for, a spacious kitchen, and adopting a dog for Carlos.

Miriam’s story is a testament to the transformative power of Habitat for Humanity. If her journey has inspired you, consider supporting us with a donation. Donations to Habitat for Humanity help create opportunities for families like Miriam’s to achieve their dreams of homeownership. To learn more about how you can donate to Habitat, please visit our Donate Page on our website.

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