Homeless to Habitat 2017
Homeless to Habitat Homeowner
Family Promise of Cape May County and Habitat for Humanity Cape May County will once again join forces to celebrated the incredible journey of the Garcia-Santiago Family from Homeless to Habitat Homeowner.
In 2013 – Family Promise of Cape May County and its partner congregations helped Abigail and Angel and their three children (our 33th family) get back on their feet and find safe, affordable shelter.
In 2017 – Habitat for Humanity is proud to announce that the Garcia-Santiago family has been selected as a Habitat homeowner family, and construction on their new home will begin in April 2017.
Want to be a part of the Garcia-Santiago's dream of home ownership? "Blessing Project" is now completed.
Habitat for Humanity Cape May and Family Promise of Cape May County will once again celebrate the "Blessing Project". Decorated a stub with blessings, prayers and messages for the Garcia-Santiago family. These studs will be built into the walls of their house.
Wildwood native Abigail Garcia met Angel Santiago in Puerto Rico. When they decided to move back to Cape May County in 2013, they were determined to make a better life for their family of five. A promise of housing fell through, and they foundthemselves homeless.
Good fortune brought them to Family Promise of Cape May County, where caring volunteers provided meals & shelter. Abigail and Angel responded to hardship with perseverance and grit. They quickly secured jobs, saved money, and soon moved into a tiny rental house in Cape May Court House.
When they applied to become Habitat homeowners in 2016, they stood out as just the kind of family who would take the opportunity homeownership provides, and make it the foundation for success and a better future.
Daughter Tania (12), son Jay (9) and daughter Mileydi (8) may now share an unheated attic bedroom, but soon they will have rooms to call their own, where Tania will be free to study the math she loves, Jay to read his history books, and Mileydi to dance in her pink ballet shoes. Construction is scheduled to start on a new Habitat home for the Garcia-Santiago family at 209 Reeves Street in Whitesboro in April 2017.
Would you like to volunteer and help build the Garcia-Santiago home?
Houses are built by local volunteers and supervised by Habitat construction professionals. Both skilled and unskilled volunteers are welcome. Church congregations are also welcome to volunteer as a group.
To sign up for volunteer shifts visit: www.habitatcapemay.org
Construction started in April 2017
Habitat for Humanity Cape May County
Shawn Lockyear, Executive Director