‘We’ll encourage our friends that they can do it, too’ -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

‘We’ll encourage our friends that they can do it, too’

Pablo and Salud Trujillo with their 13-year-old daughter Andrea who shares the living room of their one-bedroom house with her ailing grandmother.

Salud Trujillo has worked hard to add homey touches to the crumbling one-bedroom house she shares with her husband, Pablo, a daughter and an ailing grandmother. An elaborate crucifix hangs on one wall, and crafts from Salud’s hometown in Mexico somewhat brighten the cramped space.

The Trujillos have endured substandard living conditions for the past 10 years. Daughter Andrea, 13, sleeps in the living room. Pablo and Salud sleep in the small bedroom.

When they found out about the possibility of partnering with Habitat for Humanity to build a home, they knew this was their opportunity to make a fresh start.

“We wanted to live in a place that’s a little bit better,” said Pablo. “We’re looking forward to having more space and privacy.”

On Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2007, the Trujillos will join 29 other families who will build their own simple, decent homes as part of the Jimmy Carter Work Project in Los Angeles. Pablo says he and his wife are eager to start contributing their sweat-equity hours, proudly wielding the Habitat hammer that was given to him the day he found out his family had been selected to participate in the project.

Although she is too young to help with construction, Andrea thinks it’s “pretty cool” that her parents are going to help build their house and that she will finally have her own room. Salud agrees that being selected to participate in the 2007 JCWP is a blessing.

“We just thank God for making our dream a reality,” she said.

When asked about their plans for celebrating their new house, Pablo, who is a man of faith, responds quickly.

“We’ll bring the father to bless the house,” he said, “and then we’ll have a little party to encourage our friends that they can do it, too.”