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JCWP 2004


Habitat Partner Families in Veracruz Work Together to Build Homes and Lives

Armando D�az Jer�nimo measures a roof beam for his new home.

By Heather Wilkinson

Armando D�az Jer�nimo and his wife know the value of teamwork. The couple owns a small grocery store which they take turns running in between taking care of their four children — who range in age from 4 to 10 years old — and working on their Habitat house. “My family is very supportive,” says Armando. “We all do our part and are always available to help when someone needs us.”

Although Armando and his family share a strong bond, he says that working with Habitat has brought them even closer together. “This project has really united us as a family,” he says. “Working with Habitat has really motivated me. Now I see life differently. I want to set the best example I can for my children and for everyone I have met through Habitat.”

Armando says that he and his family have not only benefited from building their own home but have been blessed by helping build houses with other partner families. “Participating in the Jimmy Carter Work Project has been an amazing experience. I lose track of time when I’m on the build site,” he explains. “We all help each other and push ourselves to do the best job that we can. It’s very satisfying to help other families.”

Although the Jimmy Carter Work Project just lasts for a short time, Armando says that he and his family plan to continue their partnership with Habitat. “My family and I believe in this project and are thankful to Habitat for helping us build our house and for the positive changes we’ve seen in our lives. We plan to continue working with Habitat to support other families who dream of owning a decent home.”

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