Category: Family Stories

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Margarita’s Home Repair

When you walk into Margarita’s home in Barrio Hollywood, you’re immediately greeted by rich colors, sparkling mosaics, flowering Arizona plants, several representations of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and a kitchen stocked with plenty of wooden spoons. Her classic Tucson home was built in 1958 and has seen a lot; Margarita cared for her father while

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A Mother & Daughter Juggling It All For Their Family of 7

Jackie is a single mom of four. Along with her mother, Christina, she also raises her niece. Together, they are a family of 7, surviving on one income. Jackie has always worked and she’s proud of raising her kids as a single mom. “The only help I get is from my mom, who watches the

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Proud to be a strong mom: “This house will be ours, and just ours.”

Edith is a single mom with 2 children living in a one-bedroom apartment. She has been raising her children, Kiara and Kamil, by herself. “I didn’t choose to be a single mom. That just happened. I’ve been trying my best with my whole heart to give my kids everything that they need.” The apartment is

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Building and believing for a better tomorrow: Lilybeth and Hiram

Lilybeth and Hiram met at church when they were 19 and 21, and Hiram now plays guitar in a worship band with his father and brother three times a week. When we asked them how they’d describe their family, the first thing that they said was, “We’re Christian.” Hiram and Lilybeth have lots of family

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Where Heart + Home Meet: Claudia

Claudia, a lifelong Tucsonan, is a single mother of 4 and a grandmother of 7. She’s from a big family and loves to cook for her children and grandchildren. At every party, everyone is always asking about her specialty dishes. Now that she’s doing sweat equity to buy a home from Habitat Tucson, she often

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The Power of Persistence: Adina

“My kids have been my greatest accomplishment, and now I can finally give them a home.” – Adina Adina is a single mom who has been living in the same three-bedroom with her five children for over 15 years. She’s applied to Habitat Tucson’s homeownership program five times in the hopes of buying her very

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Chasing Dreams

Renee is a single mom of two sons, Manny and Sebastian. She’s worked in the medical field for years, but her dream is to become a nurse. “The current living situation… I try to make it as best as I can, but there are some issues,” she says. The swamp cooler is out of repair

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The joy of motherhood, a vision for a better future

“I was made to be your mom. I was made to do this. And each of you is meant to be here.” Cassandra often tells her kids this, and she means it. It’s clear that her two daughters, Bryseida and Maya, and one son, CJ, love and trust her from the way they speak respectfully

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A stranger’s kindness led to our community’s help

Paul Rodriguez is a 96-year-old Veteran of the Second World War and the Korean War who was wounded in both wars. He served as a paratrooper and in the Army Corps of Engineers. Habitat Tucson is proud to have supported him and his family with a large Home Repair project dedicated to safety and accessibility.

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Brittany Won’t Back Down

“Don’t be discouraged. You can just get back up and try again. It’s definitely worth the fight.” That’s what Brittany, a single mom, would tell others in her situation. Brittany is a future Habitat homeowner with two children named Jazlynn and Jayden. She works for the American Red Cross and has lived in a small

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