Habitat for Humanity Dedicates a New Home in Santa Ana
Saturday, April 8, 2017, saw the Hernandez family of Santa Ana receive the keys to their new home. Habitat for Humanity completed this project which is one of two homes built on adjoining lots. The Hernandez home dedication presented the family with a bible, their affordable mortgage documents, and a ceremonial key.
The Mariner’s Church is the “Whole House Sponsor” of this home. A minister from the Mariner’s presented the Bible and led the attending group of sponsors and well-wishers in a house blessing. The Hernandez family’s eldest daughter, Evelyn, cut the ribbon across her new front door and the house was opened to the family. All were welcomed for a tour of the beautiful, zero energy balance, home.
The Hernandez family is made up of Jose, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, his wife Hilda, their son Nick, and their daughters Evelyn and Emma. Their previous residence was a two bedroom apartment complex that was in disrepair and had been sold to a corporation that raised rents by 30%. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, they now own a single family home which they helped build, and have an affordable fixed rate mortgage.
The Diocese of Orange has initiated a coalition of Parishes that will raise the funds for and help build another such home for a Veteran family in Tustin. Members of the Knights of Columbus in St. Timothy Parish of Laguna and St. Angela Merici Parish in Brea attended today’s dedication to celebrate with the Hernandez family and experience the event for themselves. Both of these Parishes are members of the Diocesan coalition and the Knights work many other Parish Ministries to develop and coordinate their community’s efforts.
Habitat for Humanity is designated as one of the featured programs of the Knights of Columbus.
Photo and article by Jack Haney