12 years later, the families of JCWP 1995 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

12 years later, the families of JCWP 1995

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Families flourish in a neighborhood transformed

A legacy of success in Los Angeles

In 1995, the Jimmy Carter Work Project built some 30 houses in the Los Angeles area, including 21 houses in a neighborhood in Watts. Twelve years later, only weeks before the JCWP returns to L.A., photographer Ezra Millstein and senior writer/editor Teresa K. Weaver revisited a dozen of those 21 families, all of whom appear happy and healthy and are still in their homes.

Among them:

The Gonzalez family
Francisco and Graciela Gonzalez were able to move, with their five children, out of his mother’s garage when their Habitat home was built in 1995. A tinted portrait of the couple’s 1976 wedding hangs in the hallway of their four-bedroom home, where the close-knit family celebrates all the transitional moments of life, including the birth of granddaughter Grace Melanie (pictured above).


The Tobar family
Maria Tobar shares a three-bedroom Habitat home with her husband and one remaining son. Another son has grown up and moved out, and their daughter, Lisette, has been in a Habitat home of her own for two years. “We are poor people,” said Maria, “but we have everything here.”


The Nettles family
Twelve years ago, Toni Nettles was a divorced mother of three living in a small apartment on L.A.’s Westside. Happily settled in a Habitat house built with the help of former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, Toni and her husband of 10 years, Max, have set the standard of lawn care in the transformed neighborhood. Their tiny yard is an oasis of lush grass, rosebushes, tropical plants and fruit trees.