Raul, Habitat Homeowner, Mays Landing
Raul works as a night auditor, while his wife Maribel is a housekeeper. They have three children who are active in school and recreational activities. Previously, the family lived in a two-bedroom apartment with narrow hallways and stairs that made it difficult for Raul to get around with his physical disabilities. Now, the family owns a home built with Raul’s accessibility needs in mind, with features like being one level with minimal steps and a walk-in shower.
Raul expressed his gratitude to the volunteers and everyone who has made his family’s path to homeownership a reality, “Thank you, to all of you. This means the world not only to me, but to my wife and my kids. The fact that where we lived, even taking a shower was a process because I had to jump and step. Now I can take a shower normally without having to be careful or fall. Everyone involved, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Without you guys, without your support, your contributions this would not have happened.”
And the home isn’t just fit for his needs, Raul says, because the dead end street makes it safer for the children when they bike and play outside with less fear of traffic while the yard and kitchen are great for Maribel’s hobbies of gardening and cooking. The family looks forward to making memories in their new home with all these things they love.