Mother Earns New Home for Her Children Thanks to Habitat for Humanity

LUBBOCK, TX - A mother and her two children celebrated alongside the community as they received the keys to their new home, thanks to the help of Habitat for Humanity.

Gabriella Robles and her two sons moved between places constantly before hearing about Habitat for Humanity's housing program, she said.

The program provides 'affordable mortgage' homes to individual's who complete it, according to Suzy Stafford, chairperson of the Homeowners Selection Committee of Lubbock Habitat for Humanity. 

"I went and applied for Habitat. I didn't get approved the first time or the second time, but the third time I did get approved," said Robles, after Lubbock Habitat dedicated the home to her on Sunday.

It took three years and 500 hours of hard work in order to earn a home from Habitat, but it prepared her for the responsibility ahead, she said.

"I'm very prepared. I know how to manage money. I'll be okay," said Robles. 

The mortgage she pays on her home will contribute to another Habitat home, said Stafford.

"It just offers the families that need a hand up--not a hand out-- to get where we need to be. That way we can have a nice home just like everyone else," said Robles. 

The family officially moves into their home next Friday.

A news release from Lubbock Habitat for Humanity:

Habitat to Dedicate Home for Robles Family - April 15, 2018

[LUBBOCK, Texas] (April 13, 2018) - Lubbock Habitat will dedicate another home during a ceremony on Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2:00 pm at 2405 Avenue L.  At the dedication, Habitat will present the keys to Gabby Robles, who will purchase the home from Habitat.  Happy State Bank is sponsoring this home dedication.

Through donations of money, materials, and volunteer labor, Lubbock Habitat is able to build the home and then sell it an affordable price.  Robles will purchase the home with an affordable mortgage.  Her mortgage payments will be used to build more Habitat homes.  As a requirement of the program, Robles, completed 500 hours of "sweat equity", working on her home, the homes of others, and attending homeowner education classes.

"It's exciting that I am going to be able to move in soon.  I am thankful for this opportunity and for all of the donors and volunteers that have helped me reach this goal," stated Robles.  "My boys are excited to have a yard to play in",  Robles concluded.

Construction costs for the home were sponsored by a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation.  The Byron Martin Technology Center's Construction Technology Class started work on this home as part of their class work and worked on the home throughout the school year.  Once the school year was completed, the home was moved to its current location where a variety of Habitat volunteers finished construction on the home.

The dedication is open to the public.  At the end of ceremony, supporters are invited to tour the home.

Individuals interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner should call the Habitat office at 806-763-4663 and asked that their name be placed on the mailing list to receive information for the next open application period.

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