Richard Romero Sr. is uncomfortable where he and his son, Richard Jr., are living. He hardly knows any neighbors and everyone is cautious and guarded because of area break-ins and drug dealing.
“There’s always stuff missing,” says Richard. “Last week I put my shoes on our porch in broad daylight. A few hours later they were gone.”
Richard Sr. is focused on reaching his goal to be a Habitat Homeowner. He works hard at his job with Alcoa Fastening Systems, and just as hard with Habitat – earning three-quarters of his required sweat equity hours in just the first few months he joined the program.
“A new home will be a new beginning,” says Richard Sr. “I’ll have my own privacy, live in peace and start a future with my son.”
For Richard Jr., a new home means a bedroom he can make his own. The younger Romero loves Iron Man, and wants to decorate his new bedroom walls with Iron Man paintings. Having a safe, secure home can only make things better at for Richard Jr. at school, where he excels in math and plays on the softball and football teams.
Even though he works a lot, spending time with his son is a priority. Both enjoy walking up Tumamoc Hill together on weekends. This family-oriented and down-to-earth pair can’t wait to meet a few new friends in a new neighborhood.