When asked what strength means to Mena, she said, “Strength comes from the union of the family. From being together and relying on each other. We’ve come a long way together. That’s where our strength comes from. Helping each other no matter what.”
In the past year, thanks to generous donations from individuals and community businesses, the HabiStore was able to divert almost 600 tons of building materials, appliances, new and gently used furniture and home accessories from the local landfill. That’s more than double the annual amount the HabiStore typically saves from the landfill!
Marti Price of Voyage RV Quilters 2 was very busy this year and donated a total of nine quilts to Habitat Tucson, one of which was a special quilt of valor for our this year’s veterans build home.
These quilts are a special memento of an emotional and rewarding day. Our Habitat families work so hard to reach their goal of homeownership. And the home dedication is the apex of their journey and their accomplishments. We like to think of the quilt representing different aspects of the family’s personal journey to this day.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Making sure a home is safe takes more than building a solid foundation. Habitat Tucson, in partnership with the Tucson Fire Department, is ensuring that homeowners have new and working smoke alarms in their homes.
My name is Ji and I just finished an internship with Habitat for Humanity Tucson. I thought this internship would solely be focused on working in the marketing department, but I soon learned it was much more than that. I got to see how all the Habitat Tucson departments worked together towards a common goal, from working on outreach to putting mission into action and working at the build site.
John and Marie have finished their sweat equity hours and are almost done with their homeownership classes. John pictures the day of their dedication. “We’re so excited to choose our home. We’ve been to more than five or six dedications and I can’t wait for us to be in that position. Seeing our family partner hold the key to our home and say, this is your house!”