Family Highlight

May 12, 2013

Family Highlight

First Habitat Family Took a Chance

More than 40 years ago, Ernesto and Sylvia Torres took a chance when a brand new non-profit approached them with the exciting idea of owning their own home. They were one of two low-income families being considered for the fledgling project, but it was their commitment to and belief in the organization that ultimately led the Torres family to see the completion of their new Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio home. The home was built on the city’s west side on Hidalgo Street. Their principal payment was $52 per month but eventually rose with tax increases. The family paid off their home in early 2006.

Mr. Torres, a normally very quiet man, talks animatedly about his home and Habitat for Humanity of San Antonio. He tells how the organization changed his life and allowed him to provide a good home for his family, “I tell other people to work with Habitat and get involved. It’s possible to own a home if you are willing to work for it; I feel so proud.”

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