Family of four receives keys to new Habitat for Humanity home

Perez Family
Perez Family

DuPage Habitat for Humanity supports local family's access to affordable homeownership

Glendale Heights, IL (April 26, 2018) — DuPage Habitat for Humanity celebrated a milestone marking the 91st home constructed in DuPage County at a dedication ceremony Thursday, April 26 2018, on Montana Avenue in Glendale Heights. The new homeowners, the Pérez family, thanked all those who worked so hard to help them reach this goal.  Nearly 300 volunteers contributed 4,500 hours of their time to help build the home.

Donors, volunteers, staff and friends surrounded the Pérezes, as they joined in the celebration of this milestone. After explaining that the Pérezes had performed 500 sweat equity hours working on their home and the homes of others as a requirement for becoming Habitat homeowners, Dave Neary, Executive Director of DuPage Habitat for Humanity, presented the family with the key to their new home and a Bible.

At the end of the ceremony, the Pérezes cut the ribbon that hung across the doorway and invited supporters inside for a tour of their new home.

Christina Pérez expressed gratitude to all of the volunteers and said told them that “by choosing to work with us without pay or charging a fee, [volunteers] have proven that their time and talent are priceless. Thank you.”

DuPage Habitat for Humanity was able to rehabilitate the home to Energy Start Standards, and sell it at an affordable price, thanks to the support of their sponsors, volunteers and donors.

This home was made possible through the significant contributions of Thrivent Financial™ and the support of DuPage Habitat donors and volunteers. Thrivent and its members have contributed more than $226 million to Habitat for Humanity International since the Thrivent Builds partnership began in 2005. Over 727,000 Thrivent members and volunteers have donated 5.2 million volunteer hours to help hardworking families in need.

To learn more about DuPage Habitat for Humanity individual and team volunteer opportunities for upcoming builds, contact Jen Taff at jtaff@dupagehabitat.org or 630-510-3737.

About DuPage Habitat for Humanity

DuPage Habitat was founded in 1995 by Dick and Florence Nogaj as a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and a local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International. Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical, Christian movement dedicated to building and selling homes in partnership with limited-income, working families. Governed by a local volunteer board of directors, DuPage Habitat lowers homebuilding costs by relying primarily on volunteer time to build and renovate homes, to run many of our critical operations and to provide supportive services to our partner families.  Since 1995, DuPage Habitat has partnered with the community to serve 141 families to date through affordable homeownership and critical home repairs across DuPage County.

 

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