Mini break

Ditches done

Habitat Family

Taking a mini break

Let’s talk humanity Habitat style.

It was wonderful to be a part of this amazing organization and help build dreams by building homes for families in need and for families to also work hard and strive to make their own dreams come true.

This time it was a little bit different.  Last year I hung drywall for five hours and  this year I was hoping to do something a little bit different and to learn a different aspect of building a home.

Well I learned and I learned the hard way from 830 in the morning until close to 2 o’clock in the afternoon I dug ditches.  I dug and I dug and I dug and dug some more.

When my back couldn’t handle digging any longer I raked,  I picked up little seedlings and scraps of dirt/rocks to clear the earth for the planting the following day.

My crew my team consisted of other realtors coming together for the same cause –  to help someone’s dream for their family have  come true.

We were working for young lady and a young man – a Marine, his mother, and  their little boys.

Young Maria Sanctus with tears in her eyes explained how important it was for her family to have this home so they could be together. She explained  how much she appreciated the  physical efforts as well as  the emotional efforts that we all gave to this day.

Sweaty exhausted but laughing we pushed wheelbarrows full of earth; we moved fertilize,r we cleaned and we scraped AND we dug. We shoveled; bottom line we worked very hard but it was worth it. It was SO  worth it to see the happiness in this young mother’s heart.

You don’t have to be a professional you don’t have to be a realtor to be involved. YOU can  help volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. It’s a wonderful organization and the recipients also have to put in sweat equity many hours of engagement.

Aside from the ultimate satisfaction of helping this young family with my labors,  and with the gratitude that I have in my heart for you the people who donated money to this cause,  I also had an experience of discovering another little corner of LA.

This little corner was in Hawthorne LA On the border of Lenox

Imagine a convergence of concrete overpasses from the freeways all going off in multiple directions and underneath this massive  George Jetson type of construction there is a little street, a little cul-de-sac with a  little house nestled under these gigantic freeway overpasses; and in this house lives a lady her mother-in-law, her husband and their little boys. Next-door to this house there is a FARM with several horses, chickens, roosters and I’m sure a lot of other animals that I couldn’t even see.

Who would’ve thought that under this massive concoction of concrete freeways that there’d be this little neighborhood as sweet as the  family who so desperately needed our help.

So I want to thank all of you who donated money towards my involvement. I want to thank you for this young family I now know, whom You probably will meet.

I send you the image of their fully hearts, the tears of thanks rolling down their cheeks.

A little about the family:

Carlos, his wife Maria, two sons, Jacob, 7, Angel, 2, and his mother Rosa have lived in their Los Angeles home for more than three years. After 9/11, Carlos chose to enlist in the Marine Corps. Born in Mexico, Carlos became a naturalized citizen at the age of 18 and felt the US had provided his family with so much opportunity for a good life that it was his honor and duty to serve in the armed forces. He served for almost four years as a Lance Corporal, providing logistical support for deploying units during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He now works as a supply specialist for the Department of the Army while Maria is a stay at home mother to their two sons. Carlos and his family have been slowly trying to improve their home over the past couple of years with repairs, but could use assistance to provide his family with safe living conditions. Carlos is very appreciative of the volunteers that will be helping make his home what he always dreamed.

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