The efforts to beautify Harlingen continue thanks to the city’s partnership with habitat for humanity.
“Today i get my home. I got the key to my new home,” says Maria Luisa Hernandez.
Maria Luisa Hernandez is showing us inside her brand new home in Harlingen…. One of the hundreds made possible in the Rio Grande Valley thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
“Well, not enough income and then i saw the ad on the newspaper in the bargain book about this habitat for humanity thank god for them,” says Maria.
“We’re not looking for people that just want a handout, we’re looking for hard working citizens who want to help themselves and they just need the added boost and that’s really Maria Hernandez, a story that people can rally around,” says Wayne Lowry, executive director for Habitat Humanity.
Maria volunteered more than 300 hours of her time to make the construction of her new home possible…and it is also thanks to the more than $100,000 dollar donation from the Harlingen San Benito house and finance corporation, whose current president is three term former mayor of Harlingen, Samuel Lozano.
“To make the dream come true for people such as this lady here, she is so happy, she admitted to me ‘i never humored i would ever own a house like this so thank god and thank habitat for humanity,” says Samuel Lozano.
Habitat for Humanity is here to stay…and the efforts to beautify Harlingen will continue to push forward.
“For habitat to be able to come in and help her and to partner with so many great organizations to make her dream come true is really a fulfilled blessing,” says Lowry.
“Now i have the key to the house and I’m going to come in and decorate it,” says Maria.
The beautify Harlingen efforts will spill over to the rest of south k street where Maria’s home is in. Paint will be offered to other home owners to restore their homes and make Harlingen an even better place to live.