Mexico

Meet the Noriega Family

Marcos Noreiga and his wife Jenoveba have 5 children between the ages of 5 and 13.  They were living in a one-room house made out of plywood scraps with a leaking roof in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico.  Marcos works as a truck driver, making about $55 a week, and all of the children attend school.  Thanks to your generosity, this family has a concrete floor under their feet and a solid roof over their heads.  

At Homes for Homes, we think it's important to use local resources and local labor.  This aids the local economy in the communities where we serve and allows men to earn wages in an effort to provide for their families.  This is true in the Juarez community!  All of the men in the top photo were employed to build the Noriega's home.  

The Noriega family asked that we pass this message along to you:  "Thank you for the blessing of this house that you built.  God bless you!"

The Navarro's are Home!

Remember the Navarro's that we introduced you to a few weeks ago?  Well their home is complete and they are safely home!  What a difference in the quality of life for these children...no more dirt floor to sleep on.  They now have a concrete floor underneath their mat and a solid roof above their head.  From splintered wood pieces for walls to a solid stucco exterior.  Your gifts gave them a home and hope for the future.  A message from the Navarro's:  "Thank you for supporting us with your help.  God bless all of you for making our home."

Dear donors...let's do it all over again for another family in Juarez.

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The Navarro Family

Tomas Navarro and his wife Sugey have two beautiful children, Elizabeth and Tomas Jesus. They live in a Ciudad Juarez, where the children attend school daily.  Tomas has no stable income right now and his wife requires expensive medicine for her health issues.  But they are trying any means they can to provide for their children and currently live in a one room home made of patchwork materials with a dirt floor.  

Thanks to your generosity, a new home and latrine are under construction for this family!  Local laborers have been employed to build the Navarro home, and we'll post pictures when construction is complete.

The Navarro Family asked that this message be passed along to you:  "Thank you for supporting us with your help.  God bless all of you for making our home!"

A Home for Patricia

The best part of any real estate transaction is the closing.  It is the climax – the culmination of all the efforts put in by so many to help an individual or family become the owner of a new home.  I love closings!  But let me tell you, I’ve never been to a better closing than the one I experienced this month.  To put it in context, I’ve been helping clients buy homes for over 25 years and had the privilege of personally being involved in over 5,000 closings.  So when I tell you this one was the best, please understand the significance. 

Part of our process at Homes for Homes is to fully vet out any potential ministry partner and fully engage with them and their procedures.  In other words, we go where they are and experience who they are, what they are about and confirm that what they are doing fits our mission.  So earlier this month, I found myself in Maclovio Rojas, a suburb of Tijuana, Mexico, building a home for a family there.  After three days of sawing, hammering, pouring concrete and performing many other tasks I’d only seen others do when building a home, a brand new house stood where only a raw piece of land had been the week before.

It was time to perform the “closing” ceremony and I was given the privilege of turning the keys over to the Tirado family.  We gave them a Bible and a few other gifts as we prayed for them and over them.  As I reached out with my left hand to hand Patricia the keys, preparing to shake her hand with my right, I found myself instantly engaged in a full-on bear hug as she jumped up into my arms.  I looked down at her big brown eyes, now swelling with tears, and the huge smile on her face, and I melted.  I don’t know if it was the first time in her life that she had experienced it, but what I saw in her expression was hope.  Her background didn’t matter and neither did her former circumstance.  Her story is no different than so many others that we want to help. What matters is that now she is a homeowner and there is new hope for her family’s future.

When I disengaged from that experience on my plane ride home, there were two overriding themes going through my head.  The first is that I want the opportunity to be a blessing on as many Patricia’s as I possibly can – and the opportunities are endless.  Secondly, I want others to experience that same feeling I had when I looked into Patricia’s eyes and saw that gleam of hope.  We are so blessed to do what we do in our professions.  I love real estate.  I love helping my clients become homeowners.  And now I love helping the ones God has called us to care for be homeowners as well.  I am in the business of helping provide homes for my clients so that I can bless others, the poorest of poor, with a home of their own.  May the cycle begin: Homes for Homes.