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On June 23, 2015 GAHH broke ground on the Pope Francis House, the first in the new 8-home Mesa del Rio project. The construction of the Pope Francis house was made possible by a $60,000 challenge grant from an anonymous supporter.

breaking ground with signThe purpose of the home is to honor Pope Francis for his commitment to social justice and reinvigorating the Catholic Church; to provide a unifying celebratory opportunity for both Catholic and non-Catholic volunteers to work together towards a common goal; and to further Habitat’s mission of building and preserving homes.

Partner Family, Mother Renee and daughter Adelina

Renée learned about the Habitat program from a neighbor 15 years ago, but once she decided to apply it only took about a year to be accepted as a Partner Family.

Renée, a cooking enthusiast, was most excited for her new kitchen that will be large enough to prepare dinners for her entire family. Renée felt a longing to give her children everything she had growing up and now feels proud knowing that she can provide a stable home for her daughter.

During her home dedication celebration Renée was overcome with emotion and with tears streaming down her face she 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. 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.”