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A community comes together

By the Robles-Leon family, future Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity homeowners

 

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  Read the story of Carney Place from the beginning.
 
 


Editor’s Note:
The Robles-Leon family will move into their home in Carney Place, a new subdivision of Habitat homes in Asheville, N.C., later this year. Andrea, their 19-year-old daughter, included comments from her mother Luisa, father Samuel and 16-year-old brother Sammy in this story of the family’s journey to Habitat.

We came to the United States from Guadalajara, Mexico, eight years ago in search of a better life. My mother learned English and became a citizen three years ago, and my father is a legal resident. She is a housekeeper at Haverty’s Furniture, and he is an auto mechanic.

When we moved here, we bought a mobile home where we have lived for eight years. For the first eight months, my parents didn’t have a bed and slept on the floor in a sleeping bag. We have two bedrooms, one for my parents and one for me, so my brother sleeps on a bed in the living room. It’s really crowded.

My mother saw an advertisement for Habitat at our church, St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, and she had heard from friends what a great program it was. She got the application but was nervous to turn it in. Then when she did turn it in, she kept asking me to call to make sure they got the application. When we found out we were approved, she got very emotional and cried and cried and said “Thank God!” a lot.

We’ve gotten to know some of our new neighbors. The people who are going to be living next door to us have two little kids, and we were joking that when they need a babysitter my brother and I can provide that.

Mom and I have worked some of our sweat equity hours at the ReStore, and my dad has worked on our house. He says that one of the things he enjoys most is meeting all the volunteers who are part of building the house. Every time they have lunch, he will pray and thank them for all their hard work in building his house.

My dad says that everyone who makes up Habitat is always joyful and happy working for others. He says everyone treats each other like brothers and sisters. They don’t see race or a language barrier; they just see this community working together.

Comments

thomas ryan @family wrote:

yes, i would like to say i have been helping them at least 15 yrs. i live in pa, hazelton area, right now working on a house for a family with 4 kids -- 3 to 15 -- we LOVE YOU GUYS and hope to be with you a long time. so far, this is my 10th house! thanks

Barbara wrote:

Congratulations! I am so happy for this inspired Habitat mission to have blessed your family with a dream come true. I appreciated your honesty in telling your story, it is refreshing and will build hope for others. Thanks.

olga camacho wrote:

felicidades estoy muy feliz por ustedes al principio de muchas cosas en nuestras vidas son dificilies pero son para gloria de DIos.Y estos regalos q Dios les ha dado es gracias a su perseverancia y al amor de ustedes a Dios Nuestro Señor.Dios los bendiga.

JUDITH CALDERON wrote:

CONMOVEDORA HISTORIA DE UNA FAMILIA COMO MUCHAS, EN BUSCA DE SU SUÑO, Y QUE ALEGRIA QUE ESTAN ALCANZANDO SU SUEÑO!!! ANIMO QUERIDO SAMUEL, TODO LO QUE NOS CUESTA TANTO LO QUEREMOS AUN MAS !!! TE FELICITO QUE SEAS PROTAGONISTA DE ESTA HISTORIA, Y QUE UNA FAMILIA TA LINDA COMO LA TUYA QUE APOYE. SIGUE ADELANTE Y DISFRUITA CADA MOMENTO DE TU VIDA !!!!

scarlson@habitat.org wrote:

A translation of Olga Camacho's comment:

Congratulations. I’m very happy for you all. In the beginning, many things in our lives are difficult, but they are for the glory of God. And these gifts that God has given to you all are the result of your perseverance and love for Our Lord God. God bless you.

scarlson@habitat.org wrote:

Translation of Judith Calderon's comment:

TOUCHING STORY OF A FAMILY, LIKE MANY, LOOKING FOR A DREAM AND WHAT A JOY THEY ARE ACHIEVING THAT DREAM! COURAGE DEAR SAMUEL, EVERYTHING THAT COSTS US SO MUCH WE WANT EVEN MORE! I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR LEADING ROLE IN THIS STORY, AND THAT SUCH A LOVELY FAMILY AS YOURS IS SUPPORTED. KEEP IT UP AND ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF YOUR LIFE!

rolando bago wrote:

Dear Habitat Brethren, abroad and local, my wife Ludy and I were thankful to the Lord for giving us a chance to own a Habitat house in our local area here in Butuan City, Philippines. At last we were able to receive our certificate of house ownership in May 2011. We enjoy very much to have it. The Lord is good. God bless you!

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