Home Dedicated to Mother of Three in Hanover Park
Alma has found stability through DuPage Habitat for Humanity.
On Tuesday, April 23, Alma and her family celebrated with DuPage Habitat supporters and members of local government as her home was blessed and dedicated. Alma's twin girls will now know the comfort of a secure home, and her son will have a stable place when he comes home from college.
Alma was 19 when she left Mexico in 1994. By 1997, she was married to her first husband, and in 2000 she had a baby boy. Six months after the birth of her son, she faced a terrible tragedy: her husband had passed away. Things were tough, but Alma was tougher. With a helping hand from her sister and a new husband in the picture, by 2008, things were looking up again. Alma was excited to have a partner in life again, and her son was happy to have a father. After a few years, Alma gave birth to two beautiful twin girls. But in 2013, things were not working out with her second husband, and Alma had to move with her three children yet again.
As she started to struggle again, thinking of the needs of her family and the possibilities that might be available, Alma prayed for guidance. She wanted a place she could call home and raise her children with dignity. A few days later, her girls brought a flyer home from school with information about DuPage Habitat for Humanity. Alma says, “It was the answer to my prayers.”
Now, her family is on the road to a brighter future. Alma is a Habitat Homebuyer, her son is a freshman in college set on obtaining his Masters in Paleontology, and her girls are in second grade. She says raising her kids in their own home “is so important for me and for their development and confidence.”
“My biggest inspiration for working toward my home was to guide my kids to be great people that, in the future, will help others as well. Since the day they told us that we were a part of the program, my girls asked me if they may start packing. We are very excited to own our home,” Alma tells us.
Alma says the best part of her experience so far has been meeting and getting to know all the people, and making new, lasting friendships. She’s bursting with appreciation for the volunteers who have helped to change her life, and the lives of many others.
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