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Cynthia Ruiz: Family is Life

Cynthia’s family is her life. As a single mother of 5 children, it has not always been smooth sailing for her family. She works in member services at UHS but her passion is in Recovery Calling. She has been sober for 15 years and counting and is an advocate for those trying to do the same.

Cynthia and her three youngest daughters currently live with her eldest daughter, Arianna in a 2 bedroom home. Cynthia was forced out of her home when her landlord gave her less than a month to find a new space before she had to leave. Cynthia and her youngest daughter, Arizanna, sleep in the master, while Cynthia’s two daughters Andreya and Adora sleep in her daughter’s converted office. “We are very cramped,” she says, “but we’re not gonna take any kind of housing for granted.”

Cynthia has moved 7 times in the last 15 years. Whether it be because of rent raising, their rental house selling, or an unsafe environment for her kids, one way or another they were constantly on the move. Her most recent house had plumbing issues that the landlord refused to fix. Cynthia had to take money out of her own pocket to fix this. 

She feared she’d never become a homeowner in this market.

But when Cynthia got the phone call from Habitat, she nearly cried. She had spent months driving around town looking for houses. She and her daughters every week would go out looking with no luck. She prayed every night for an angel to come and help her. When she got the phone call, she knew it was the angels looking after her and her family.[mk_image src=”” image_size=”large”]“I never thought I would deserve or be able to buy get my daughters a house but the volunteers are our angels.”Cynthia is almost done with her sweat equity and looks forward to the day she unlocks the door to her new forever home in Carters Court. For months, she’d pictured a house in her mind that she had hoped would one day be hers. She can’t believe that a house she helped build with her own two hands will soon be hers!

In her future Habitat house, Cynthia looks forward to be able to customize it to her liking.  She truly wants to make her forever house feel like a home not only for her but for all of her children. She wants to teach her children that whatever they put their minds to they can achieve.

Home means everything to Cynthia. She says, “It is security and it’s unity. It’s the place where you can rest your head and where you feel safe.” [mk_image src=”” image_size=”large”]

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