Jesus and Maria Velarde became first-time homeowners after applying with and being selected by Habitat For Humanity Golden Empire. The Velarde family—in partnership with Habitat Golden Empire, sponsors, and community volunteers, remodeled and bought a Bakersfield home. Jesus and Maria have four children and were enduring very poor living conditions in a local mobile home park. They demonstrated a need for safe, decent and affordable housing. They demonstrated an ability to pay an affordable mortgage and they were willing to partner in building their own home; putting in 500+ hours of ‘sweat equity’. “It is families like the Velarde family that remind us all to keep working hard and continue moving forward for the next generation,” said Cesar Menjivar, Community Outreach Director.
“One of the most exciting parts of the work we do is to be able to celebrate with a family with whom we’ve just completed a project helping them build and purchase their own home,” said Tony Miranda, Executive Director for Habitat For Humanity Golden Empire.