An Evening of Gratitude: Pacesetter 2019

This year’s Pacesetter dinner in appreciation of Habitat for Humanity of Collier County’s most generous donors was a night to remember. We celebrated all of the stories made possible by the generosity of those who support this organization and the families with whom we partner.

True to our theme, “Built on Stories,” we shared quotes from homeowners about their journeys to purchasing their own homes, we welcomed several young adults who grew up in Habitat Collier homes to share a meal with donors, and we listened to the story of a future Habitat homeowner who is currently working on her sweat equity.

Twins Haidy and Heidy, now 15, moved into their Habitat home when they were just two years old. They credit the stability of the home that their parents worked so hard to build and purchase as the enduring foundation that has helped them be successful in school and extra-curriculars, like ROTC, in which they are both active.

“Not only does this home give us a sense of comfort, but it serves as a place that we can always rely on to be there,” said Heidy.

Still on the path to homeownership, Veronica Lora also took to the stage to share her touching story. One of her three sons is severely disabled, leaving Veronica to stay home as a caretaker while her husband Salvador works to support the family. With just one income and mounting medical expenses, the family has been living in a small, two-bedroom apartment.

Life has been difficult for this family, to say the least, but after searching so long for a more suitable home that they could afford and having no luck, they found the solution to their housing dilemma through Habitat Collier.

“Thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a better life…for making this dream become reality,” she said. “Now our special needs child who stays up most of the night and often wakes up the other children will have a room of his own, allowing our other sons to have a restful night’s sleep.”

Veronica’s story reminded us that a Habitat home is so much more than just a simple roof overhead for families like hers. Thanks to all of you who make stories like hers possible.

Pacesetters aren’t the only ones who can change lives. A donation in any amount can help local families reach their dreams of homeownership.