On Tuesday, January 30th, volunteers from various of faith communities such as Ascension Lutheran, Campus Christian Center, Thrivent Financial and Catalina Foothills Presbyterian joined together for one purpose: helping Mary Alice Gonzalez and her grandchildren live in a safe and secure home.
Mary Alice, who is 77 years old, spends her time taking care of her two grandchildren. She has lived in her home for 20 years. About 8 years ago, the Child Protected Services assigned her to be the caretaker for her two grandchildren, who were ages three and four at the time.
Two years later she applied to adopt them and was granted custody. Because of limited mobility and the time and energy she dedicates to taking care of her grandchildren, Mary has been unable to maintain the upkeep on her house.
According to Mary, a home is more than just a roof over one’s head. To her, it signifies stability.
With the help of kind and selfless volunteers, the Faith in Action Build day was very successful and rewarding. The Faith in Action Build day included 22 volunteers, neighbors and staff from Habitat Tucson. Volunteers completed A Brush With Kindness by repainting the exterior of the house. At the end of the day, the house was completely repainted.
The inside of the home needs health and safety repairs as well, which will be done in partnership with the Habitat Tucson construction team and licensed contractors. Mary Alice needs an assisted walking device; therefore, the crew will install a threshold shower and widen her bathroom doors for accessibility. They will also work on replacing the roof and the toilets.
Thanks to the help of neighbors, volunteers and all the generous individuals that give to Habitat Tucson, Mary Alice’s house is on the road to full repair.
“We always say in our covenant that we are putting God’s hands and feet together. We are here to serve one another to serve His love. We come together to help people build better futures for themselves and their families,” said Habitat Tucson CEO, T. VanHook.
Together, our goal is to make our community a better place by putting in our time and love towards helping those who most need it. Through hard work and dedication, Mary and her grandchildren will soon be enjoying their safe, stable and accessible home.