On Saturday, September 23rd, Lawrence Habitat and dozens of supporters, family, and volunteers celebrated the completion of Rebecca Esparza’s home, the 95th home completed for Lawrence Habitat for Humanity.
Rebecca has experienced a long and winding road in becoming a Habitat homeowner. She moved to Lawrence, Kansas with her family almost eight years ago, and overcame a number of hurdles in life and periods of homelessness, eventually becoming a non-traditional student at the University of Kansas, a Family Promise program graduate, and recently earned a Master’s degree.
Rebecca says that she leaned on her faith during many of the hard times, and was confident that her family would find a better home. She has become a social worker here in Lawrence, and says that she now works to help others just as she was once helped. “I want to be that hand up that so many people were to me,” she says.
When asked about her first thoughts upon learning she would be a Habitat homeowner, Rebecca said “I am blessed beyond words. This is a gift, a gift worth working for throughout the next year or so.” She says she is incredibly excited to have a place to call her own, “built with our hands,” as she says, “and giving me a security that I have never had – my own home.”
About Lawrence Habitat for Humanity:
At Lawrence Habitat for Humanity we empower through shelter. Our vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and our goal is to provide decent, affordable housing for low to moderate income families in and around Lawrence, Kansas. We believe in a homeownership process that empowers families to create ongoing change in their lives. We are an organization that offers a hand up, not a hand-out.
The journey our homeowners take is a long process that begins with hundreds of hours of sweat equity and continues throughout their no-interest mortgage. Lawrence Habitat was incorporated in 1989 under the guidance of Rev. John Gingerich and has since built 93 houses and counting.