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Homeowner prays for blessings upon volunteers, Habitat

When Efrain and Damaris Guevara—originally from Humacao, Puerto Rico—first learned about Habitat for Humanity’s house-building program, they were skeptical. Although they longed for a home of their own and more space for their five children, they were hesitant to submit an application, having had a bad experience with another housing organization. However, their friends Carlos and Aida Morales (also building a home in Detroit during JCWP 2005) encouraged them to apply, and now the two families will be neighbors on 24th Street.

Efrain Guevara works on his new Habitat house in Detroit.

The Guevaras’ Habitat house means more to them than just a roof overhead; it is a legacy that they can pass along to their children. “It means everything to me,” says Efrain. “Now I have something to leave behind for my family.”

Efrain says that his children have been asking if they can help build too and are eager to move into their new home. “They want to move already,” he says, “but I told them the house isn’t finished yet.”

Efrain and Damaris have learned that when you step out in faith, you will be blessed in ways you never expected. It is Efrain’s prayer that the volunteers who helped build his family’s house this week will know God’s blessings as well. “I know God will bless the volunteers. I pray for all the volunteers and everyone from Habitat every day,” he says.

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