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Coming home: September 2009 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Coming home: September 2009



Help, hope, home

After living in an asbestos-lined second-floor apartment for more than eight years, Victor Valdera and his mother, Herna, moved into their new Habitat house in Las Vegas this summer.

Victor was injured in an electrical accident at the age of 5 and lost both arms. Herna is his full-time caretaker. Thirty-nine-year-old Victor has been in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices his entire life and likely will end up using a wheelchair. The Valderas’ new home has been specially designed with Victor’s needs in mind, with ramps, extra large rooms and other helpful features.

Victor is a strong believer in Habitat’s work. At the end of a long, hot afternoon working on his sweat-equity hours by helping to clean up the construction site, Victor observed, “Habitat doesn’t just give you a house. … They help you build a home.”