Single Abilene mom gets own home from Habitat for Humanity

Single mom gets her own home from Habitat for Humanity

ABILENE, Texas - People who live on Simmons Street are about to get some new neighbors. Habitat for Humanity is building three homes on the street. One of them is for Sofia Martinez.

"I'm very thankful, very thankful for my house, especially for the all the volunteers that came out and helped me out – and seeing it put together, it's a good feeling," Martinez said.

Martinez has been living at her mother's home and raising a child alone.

"It's very difficult to find help or to figure out how you're going to do this or get someone to come out and help you. I mean there's a lot of help out there, but sometimes it's hard being a single parent," Martinez said.      

The First Baptist Church in Abilene built and helped pay for the house for Martinez and her family.

"Obviously a home is something that people dream about – and for us this is an opportunity to provide an answer to a dream," First Baptist Church Pastor Mike Greenfield said.

What was Martinez's dream?

"I wanted something for me and my son, something under my name," she said.

It's not long before that dream will become a reality.

"I'm excited to move and get everything in here and fill it up have a lot of stuff to fill it up with all the room," Martinez said.

Saturday, Habitat for Humanity will publicly dedicate the finished home to the Martinez family. That's at 11 a.m. at 3014 Simmons Street.

Habitat for Humanity said the other two houses will be done by the end of February.

Habitat for Humanity relies 100 percent on volunteers to build homes for those in need.

To sign up as a volunteer, donate money or fill out an application to get a home you can visit their website. 

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