On Saturday, April 11, we celebrated the dedication of our 59th and 60th homes in Ventura County. It was a powerful demonstration of Habitat's purpose to build strength, stability and self-reliance through home-ownership.
Council Member John Procter and Mayor Martin Hernandez joined us for the celebration. In his talk, Mayor Hernandez stressed the concept of “neighbors helping neighbors”, saying that he, too, was a neighbor. These homes, he said, would allow students to study in quiet and families to dine together.
State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson spoke about “housing insecurity”, a serious topic on which she and her colleagues in Sacramento are focusing. She presented a recognition award to Habitat from the State Senate for making Ventura County a better place.
The family partners, Leticia and Rosa, presented each family with a collage of the building of the homes during the construction period. Gifts came from local merchants like Vons, Frank's Paint and Hardware, as well as nationally from Procter and Gamble.
Don Majors, long-time volunteer of Habitat for Humanity, presented tool kits to the family of Roberto and Zainada Magaña and the family of Ramiro and Maria Viorato-Hernandez.
Everyone enjoyed some delicious food following the ceremony, provided by Habitat Homeowners and sponsor attendees. Thanks to Yankee Doodle Bakery and Coffee Bean in Oxnard for the cake and coffee!
The homes were sponsored by St. Maximilian Catholic Kolbe Church "Habitat to the Max" and Thrivent Financial
All photos by Bob Carey. See more at http://www.bobcareyfoto.com/Habitat-For-Humanity/
Thank you to all of the donors, volunteers and community partners who supported the building of these homes.