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Romero Family

Richard Romero Sr. is uncomfortable where he and his son, Richard Jr., are living. He hardly knows any neighbors and everyone is cautious and guarded because of area break-ins and drug dealing.

“There’s always stuff missing,” says Richard. “Last week I put my shoes on our porch in broad daylight. A few hours later they were gone.”

Richard Sr. is focused on reaching his goal to be a Habitat Homeowner. He works hard at his job with Alcoa Fastening Systems, and just as hard with Habitat – earning three-quarters of his required sweat equity hours in just the first few months he joined the program.

“A new home will be a new beginning,” says Richard Sr. “I’ll have my own privacy, live in peace and start a future with my son.”

For Richard Jr., a new home means a bedroom he can make his own. The younger Romero loves Iron Man, and wants to decorate his new bedroom walls with Iron Man paintings. Having a safe, secure home can only make things better at for Richard Jr. at school, where he excels in math and plays on the softball and football teams.

Even though he works a lot, spending time with his son is a priority. Both enjoy walking up Tumamoc Hill together on weekends. This family-oriented and down-to-earth pair can’t wait to meet a few new friends in a new neighborhood.

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