Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity Dedicates Home to Pope Francis

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Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity is honored to announce the dedication of the first house in their 8-home, Mesa del Rio community. The Pope Francis House at 812 Mesa del Rio NW will become the home of the Cordova family. It is Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity’s 178th home.

During the Home Dedication ceremony held Saturday August 27th, a group of caring community members came together to bless the Pope Francis House and give the Cordova Family a welcome home celebration.

Cordova and her family contributed 500 hours of sweat equity to build their 1300 sq.ft. , two story, three bedroom, 1.5 bath house. With excitement Ms. Cordova exclaimed, “I finally have something that’s mine, something I can call my own.” Ms. Cordova’s teenage daughter is looking forward to creating a chalkboard wall in her own bedroom.

Friends, family members, volunteers, staff and community leaders joined together to celebrate the completion of a Habitat house and wish the Cordova’s the best as they move forward in their journey as home owners.

Archbishop Sheehan, Emeritus gave the opening prayer. He addressed the crowd saying, “Today we celebrate good news. This family will have a home thanks to Habitat for Humanity and all the people here.”

As US Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke she reminded everyone that owning a home is not easy. She told us New Mexico has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, with more than 30,000 families spending half of their income on housing, leaving very little to cover basic needs.

She applauded the Habitat program. Because of its low mortgage rates with zero interest loans, Habitat is providing a unique, sustainable opportunity for low income families. Grisham said it’s about more than just getting a new home, Habitat offers ongoing support and assistance for Partner Families. She said, “We are going to support the families living here on Mesa del Rio by creating an environment that ensures they have enough income to make the rest of their life viable, dignified and respectful.”

Part of a committee that worked together to engage the Catholic community, Jim Saya, Executive Director of Lewis University, helped raise the money to match the Pope Francis challenge grant. Jim spoke lovingly about his experience this past year with the project saying, “Working with Habitat is something that has touched my heart…the catholic community has done an amazing job and it’s been so much fun to be a part of this.” He then turned and spoke to the Cordova’s saying, “We are so proud to help you call this house a home.”

State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino talked about the goodness of others and reminded us, “It’s clear that these projects, particularly this one, touches so many more lives than just the family who will be living here.”

Overcome with emotion and with tears streaming down her face, Ms. Cordova managed to say a few words, “This would not have been possible without all of these people. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me on this journey.”

After thanking many people including the volunteers, donors, sponsors, and staff, Ms. Cordova went on to say, “This home is a new beginning for me and my family. I am so humbled by all I have been blessed with. My most profound thanks must go to the Lord for providing me this strong foundation and my children and grandchild. Here is to the future in our home.”

Habitat for Humanity builds affordable homes for hard-working low-income families and provides the education and support families need to successfully fulfill their homeowner responsibilities including paying an affordable monthly no-interest mortgage, homeowner insurance premiums, and property taxes.

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