Home for the Holidays
This holiday season, thousands of families in metro Denver are living in sub-standard rentals where the feeling of “home” is absent. Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is trying to change this by creating more homeownership opportunities for low-income families. Join us. Help us bring a special family home for the holidays.
Meet the Espinoza Family
The Espinoza family has lived in the Denver area for over fourteen years. Jaime and Luz both moved here from Mexico in search for a new life for their family. They currently live in a crowded space in an unsafe neighborhood with their two children, fourteen-year-old Ashley and eight-year-old Jaime Jr., as well as Luz’s mother, Josefa.
Jaime and Luz look forward to the day when the overwhelming struggle to just “get by” no longer defines them. With their son newly diagnosed with autism, plus caring for an ailing grandparent, securing a stable home will be a dream come true.
“I always thank the volunteers and sponsors because I feel so excited and grateful for the people giving their time and working so hard to put a home together for a family.”
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Jaime is a dedicated husband and father. For 13 years, he has been employed at a local Denver bakery. Luz spends most of her time caring for Jaime, Jr. and learning more about his condition. “All of our extra money is going to be for him, for a long time.” Owning a home will offer Jaime Jr. the space and stability he needs to develop his strengths, establish routine and create new habits critical to fulfilling his potential.
Jaime’s daughter Ashley has already begun dreaming about the future at her young age. She hopes that after college she can become a lawyer or an FBI agent. Luz says, “She is already looking into the best law schools to attend.” Children raised in Habitat homes are twice as likely to go to college compared to their peers. A safe and secure home will allow Ashley to fully obtain her dreams.
Ashley currently shares her room with Luz’s mother Josefa, who is often sick and at times needs urgent care. The room is crowded and Ashley is often kept awake at night by the oxygen tank Josefa must use. In their Habitat home, Josefa will have her own handicapped-accessible room providing her with the comfort she deserves. This addition will also help Luz take better care of Josefa’s ongoing needs.
As Luz and Jaime build their home, Luz mentions “I always thank the volunteers and sponsors because I feel so excited and grateful for the people giving their time and working so hard to put a home together for a family.” The excitement in her voice demonstrates the very definition of hope.
Together we can foster that hope and bring the Espinoza family home for the holidays.
Learn more about the ways you can help bring families like the Espinoza’s home for the holidays!