The Ramirez Family
“My dream is to be able to live with dignity, in a safe environment with my son in a home full of love, peace, and harmony.”
~From Celia Ramirez application letter
As one of six children raised by a single mother in El Salvador, Celia knows that safe, affordable housing should not be taken for granted. She and her family lived in a home with earthen floors, no roof, where sheets were used to create make-shift walls. When a humanitarian group came to build roofs for the community, Celia experienced shelter from the elements for the first time in her life.
It is difficult for most Americans to fathom living in these conditions, but this is Celia’s story. She came to the U.S. so that her son would not have to live as she did. Coming to a foreign country without the guarantee of a job, while speaking very little English, was frightening. But Celia was determined to make it work. She and her son moved in with family and began their new life as Americans.
When Celia was offered employment at Diamond Brand Gear she could not believe her good fortune, but finding affordable housing turned out to be much more difficult. The high cost of rent in the area made it impossible for her to afford a place of her own. She was grateful for the room that she and her son shared, but Celia knew this was meant to be a temporary situation.
When she learned that a typical Habitat mortgage was less expensive than most rental units in the area, Celia decided to apply. She was approved to purchase a 2 bedroom/1bathroom home in Arden, where she will pay an affordable monthly mortgage, for an energy-efficient home. The Ramirez family will fully realize the great American dream when construction is complete and they purchase the home.