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WadsyWay- Mendez Guzman Family

Build Dates: JuLy 18th & 19th

Family Information:

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Mother- Susan

  • Age: 26

  • Profession: Cleans Houses

  • Monthly Salary: $275

Children-

  • Emily, 10 yrs, 5th Grade

  • Kiara, 8 yrs, 2nd Grade

  • Sofia, 4 yrs

  • They live with Susan’s s mother and 2 sisters

Property Information:

Colonia- Vista al Mar
Time with property- 8 months
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- Yes
Structure- N/A
 

Family Story:

Susan was born in Ensenada and grew up on her parent’s land. When she was 15 years old she got pregnany with her daughter Emily. It was a high risk pregnancy and the baby was born prematurely at 8 months. Emily’s father never wanted anything to do with them, but Susan’s mother helped them out. When she was 16 she met Juan and they were married. They went and lived with Juan’s mother. Juan took care of Emily, and together they had two more daughters. After 10 years of marriage they are getting divorced. Juan was unfaithful numerous times, the emotional abuse was affecting her and her daughters, and Susan didn’t want to be in that relationship anymore. She returned to her mother’s house with her 3 girls and her mom gave her a section of their land. That is where Susan wants to build a home for her family. Every day, Susan’s mother takes the girls to school while Susan goes to work cleaning houses. After school, the girls are cared for by Susan’s mother until she is done working. Susan has a set job cleaning 2 houses each week. Susan now wishes to complete her high school because due to her pregnancy with Emily, she was never able to graduate. Susan would like to go on to college in order that she may have a better job to set a good example and provide a better future for her girls.

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MA YNPC Jr High- Diaz Oropeza Family

Build Dates: JuLY 15th-17th

Family Information:

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Father- Bersain

  • Age: 25

  • Profession: Field Worker

  • Monthly Salary: $265

Mother- Maria Fernanda

  • Age: 15

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Vianey Monserrat, 6 months


Property Information:

Colonia- El Paraiso
Time with property- 1 yr +  
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Materials & Dirt Floor
 

Family Story:

Bersain and Maria Fernanda have formed a small family. Despite being a minor, Fernanda is a young mother with a 6 month old baby. Bersain works in the fields from Monday-Saturday, 7 am to 3:30 pm. He has to wake up really early though and try to be one of the first on the wait list for work because he does not have a contract with any employer. He has to go and look for work each day. The salary he earns is very little and it does not cover much of their expenses; including having a newborn and making land payments monthly. They live in a small room made of scrap wood, a tarp roof, and dirt floor. That is where they cook and sleep. Bersain sleeps on the floor while Maria Fernanda sleeps in the small bed they have with the baby; there is no room for anything else. Thankfully they have the support of their family. They have been living on their land since deciding to be a family over a year ago. They live under very difficult circumstances and their desire is to be able to have a home that is safe, a home where they do not have to fear what could happen to them. One of the prayers is to have a proper home, and a bed to sleep in.

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MA Solace Church- Lopez Segura Family

Build Dates: July 15th-17th

Family Information:

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Father- Armando

  • Age: 25

  • Profession: Welder

  • Monthly Salary: $285 approx.

Mother- Claudia

  • Age: 22

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Alexa, 5 yrs

  • Brayan, 6 yrs, Kindergarten

Property Information:

Colonia- 89
Time with property- 2 years  
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Wood & Dirt Floor
 

Family Story:

The Lopez Segura family is originally from Ensenada. They have always moved around from house to house, with the in-laws most of the time, and it has been very hard for them. Armando works as a welder and earns very little. Two years ago they were able to get a piece of land, and little by little they built a room to live in. Claudia has always stayed home with the kids as they are still young. The house they live in is unsafe and not a good place for their children to grow up in. Their son was born with his kidneys enlarged and later found out that he is missing 3 disks in his spinal column, those closest to the coccyx. They would like to have a patrimony they can leave to their children.

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Black Rock Gives- Acosta Angeles Family

Build Dates: July 15th & 16th

Family Information:

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Mother- Reyna

  • Age: 46

  • Profession: N/A

  • Monthly Salary: Receives approx. $30 a month

Children-

  • Oliver, 8 yrs, 2nd Grade

  • Andres, 12 yrs, 6th Grade (Takes guitar lessons Sunday afternoons at church)

Property Information:

Colonia- Canon Buenavista/ El Zorrillo
Time with property- 8 months
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
 

Family Story:

Reyna was born in Pachuca and went to the United States about 12 years years ago. At the time, her son Andres was just one. Reyna went to the US looking for the father of Andres and found him. While living in the US, she gave birth to Oliver. During this time, Reyna got sick; she had fainting spells and found it difficult to walk. After Oliver was born, her children’s father left them and wanted nothing more to do with them, so she returned to Mexico with the boys. Soon after she started getting headaches and had blurry vision. Reyna saw many doctors but all they told her was that they couldn’t do anything with her right eye and she would soon lose her sight and she did. They told her that they could perform a surgery on her left eye and try to save it. For Reyna this has been very difficult for her. She lives off of the donations from other people. Some pastors help her out with food, and another missionary helps her as well by giving 600 pesos to her each month (about $30 USD). The land was donated to her by a man after he saw the conditions she was living in. She has not been able to see the faces of her children since Oliver was 3 and Andres 9. Reyna has no money, cannot see and is alone with her two children.


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Black Rock Gives- Contreras Sanchez Family

Build Dates: July 11th & 12th

Family Information:

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Father- Cesar Daniel

  • Age: 32

  • Profession: Ranch Hand

  • Monthly Salary: $275 (Working 8 am to 5 pm Mon-Fri; and 8 am -1 pm Sat)

Mother- Elizabeth

  • Age: 34

  • Profession: Cleaning Apartments

  • Monthly Salary: $155 (Working 8am to 2pm Mon, Wed, Fri)

Children-

  • Matias, 6 months (Born prematurely and spent 1 1/2 months in NICU)

  • Daniel Armando, 1 yr 8 months (has a benign tumor and is being treated in San Diego)

  • Angel Adrian, 13 yrs, Jr High

Property Information:

Colonia- Puesta del Sol
Property is Paid Off; haven’t been able to build and live there due to medical expenses
 

Family Story:

Elizabeth was born in Oaxaca, but came with her family to Ensenada when she was 8 years old. She met Pedro, her first husband, in high school and they dated for 2 years before Elizabeth got pregnant with their oldest son Angel. Because of the pregnancy, Elizabeth was unable to complete her high school studies and never graduated. They lived with Pedro’s mother for awhile, but Pedro started using drugs when Daniel Armando was about 3 years old. For that reason, Elizabeth and Angel left and moved in with Elizabeth’s mom. Elizabeth was working and taking care of her son alone. Because she was living with her mom, she was able to save money and buy land, which she paid off in 2011. A friend of Elizabeth introduced her to Cesar Daniel and they began dating. They later moved in together and started renting a house in the colonia MonteMar. Shortly after moving in together, Elizabeth got pregnant with Daniel Armando. Throughout the pregnancy, everything was going well until they detected a tumor. The doctor suggested that Elizabeth have an abortion, but Elizabeth did not want for that to happen. She was sent to see a specialist in Guadalajara and the baby was diagnosed with having a lymphangioma, or malformation of the lymphatic system. It was later that Elizabeth heard about the organization in San Diego called Fresh Start. Last year, Daniel started his treatments at the Rady children’s hospital in San Diego with the help of Fresh Start. He will need surgeries, but they do not know what or when or how long it will take. Matias was a surprise and not planned. Elizabeth changed her birth control and got pregnant when Daniel Armando was 8 months old. Elizabeth went to a prenatal check-up about 6 weeks before Matias’ due date and they did not let her go home. Matias was born and was kept in the NICU for months. Matias has since suffered with his health, he is sensitive to bacteria and has issues with his lungs. Elizabeth has fought hard for her children to have good lives; she wants to protect them and make things better for them. Even so, she has not been able to build a home for them, especially not with all the medical bills they have had the last 2 years. Where they currently live, they do not have a proper floor, and all the humidity inside is bad for her children’s health.
In their own words; “We would like our own home so that we can have better living conditions and offer a beautiful home to our children; something they can call their own home. Somewhere the children can play and grow up happy. And of course, to stop paying rent. The house we are renting does not have a normal floor, which means that our son Daniel who is starting to walk cannot walk about freely. Our children get sick often for the humidity inside. It has been difficult for us to do anything better for them and build on our land. We work hard for our children and believe they deserve to grow up in a beautiful place.”

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MA Shiloh Blue- Gonzales Palacios Family

Build Dates: JuLy 4th-6th

Family Information:

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Father- Alfredo

  • Age: 23

  • Profession: Field Worker

  • Monthly Salary: $310

Mother- Rosa

  • Age: 22

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Viviano, 3 yrs

  • Jose, 1 yr

Property Information:

Colonia- Vista al Mar Maneadero
Time with property- 2 yrs
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Material & Dirt Floor
 

Family Story:

Rosa is originally from Oaxaca. She came to Ensenada looking for a better life, and better work opportunities. Rosa and Alfredo met at their workplace and have been married for three years. They have two sons.

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MA Shiloh Red- Toribio Vega Family

Build Dates: JuLY 4th-6th

Family Information:

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Mother- Alejandra

  • Age: 27

  • Profession: Merchant

  • Monthly Salary: $66 approx.

Children-

  • Alonso, 8 yrs, 3rd Grade

  • Maricela, 12 yrs, Jr High

Property Information:

Colonia- Vista al Mar Maneadero
Time with property- about 1 yr
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Wood & Dirt Floor
 

Family Story:

Alejandra is from Oaxaca, but came to Ensenada with her parents 20 years ago. She studied here when she was young and began working in the fields after she graduated. When she was 13 years old she met her ex-husband. Their son was just 4 years old when he abandoned the family. She has since lived with her children and parents. She has helped her parents with work, and in return they are helping her pay for her property. They also helped her build her small house. Her dad has a Home of Hope and he referred her to get one too. She works in her daughter's school selling snacks at recess from 10 am to 10:30 am, working only 2 weeks a month.

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MA Cornerstone- Niebla Padilla Family

Build Dates: June 24-26

Family Information:

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Father- Alejandro

  • Age: 28

  • Profession: Welder

  • Monthly Salary: $320 approx.

Mother- Leslie

  • Age: 21

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Vanesa, 6 yrs, 1st Grade

Property Information:

Colonia- Villa del Sol
Time with property- almost 2 yrs

Family Story:

Alejandro and Leslie met here in Ensenada. Leslie worked at a hardware store where Alejandro was a customer. They dated for 6 months before moving in together. Vanesa is Alejandro’s daughter with another woman. Vanesa’s mom married another man, and was too preoccupied with her marriage to care for Vanesa. Vanesa got sick with rickettsia so Alejandro took custody of her. Alejandro is a welder and is self-employed. He suffers from varicocele which is an enlargement of the veins in the scrotum. When the vein swells, he is unable to lift heavy things and does not feel well. For this reason, he cannot hold a steady job. When Alejandro is well and gets a good job, he can earn about 80-90 dollars a week. Leslie takes care of Alejandro and Vanesa. They got their land almost 2 years ago at the price of $4,200. They are still paying it off, but have built a small room where they have been living ever since. Due to the health situation of both Vanesa and Alejandro, this family needs a good, decent house.

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MA Harvest- Lopez Santiago Family

Build Dates: June 24-26

Family Information:

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Father- Tomas

  • Age: 35

  • Profession: Field Worker

  • Monthly Salary: $265

Mother- Ofelia

  • Age: 30

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Diana, 2 yr

Property Information:

Colonia- Tinajitas
Time with property-  1 yr +
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- Yes
Structure- Wood
 

Family Story:

Ofelia and Tomas are originally from Oaxaca. Tomas came with his family to Ensenada 18 years ago; Ofelia has been in Ensenada for 26 years. Ofelia stopped going to school when she was just 11 years old, and started working in the fields. Ofelia met Tomas at the age of 13 while working in the fields; 9 years later they started dating. They were married on November 26, 2011, after dating for 2 years. At the time, Ofelia had a piece of land, but they had no money to build a home, so they lived with the mom. In 2012 they had their first child together, bur the baby boy passed away after 2 days because his lungs were underdeveloped. This was a very difficult time for Ofelia to get through. One year later she was pregnant again, but miscarried. The same happened the following year, another miscarriage. Ofelia tried so hard to understand the reasoning for this and what God had planned. She didn’t understand what she had done wrong to be hospitalized once again fro losing yet another baby. Their marriage suffered a lot during those years and they both felt terribly. In 2016, Diana was born to them and she is a miracle from God. The family is doing well, they are happy and everyone cares for that little girl. They would still like to have two more children. For many years they both worked in the fields. Ofelia now stays home to care for Diana, Tomas works. Tomas earns a salary of approximately $66 a week during harvest, while other months he would earn as little as $11 a week. About a year ago they decided to start moving forward in building their own home on Ofelia’s land. They have a simple room, but hope that with God’s help they can build a better house to provide a better future for their family.

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MA Centerburg Blue- MORALES ULLOA Family

Build Dates: June 13-15

Family Information:

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Father- Adan

  • Age: 38

  • Profession: Seller

  • Monthly Salary: Varies depending on the odd job; also buys ice cream bars in bulk and resells them when he doesn’t have a job

Mother- Pilar

  • Age: 38

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Emanuel, 12 yrs, Jr High

  • Miriam, 8 yrs, 3rd Grade; she has speech problems and was suspended from school, they are looking for a Christian school that can take her

Property Information:

Colonia- Zorrillo
Time with property- 4 months  
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure- Wood
 

Family Story:

Adan is originally from the state of Oaxaca. His father died when he was very young, and his family decided to leave the state in search of work and a better life. They came to Ensenada, and stayed. Adan started working when he was just 9 years old. Adan was 24 when he met his wife Pilaer through her sister who was good friends with Adan. Adan and Pilar dated for 3 months before moving in together and starting their life; 2 years later they had their son. At the time, they were living in San Quintin, south of Ensenada. When their son Emanuel was 1, they decided to move back to Ensenada, to be closer to their family. When they got back to Ensenada, they lived with Adan’s mother for 2 months until a friend of Adan’s had lent them a house close to the fields while they looked for a place to live and a job. After 4 months, Adan’s grandpa said they could live on land that he had. They lived there for years before having problems with the legality of the land and being forced to leave. At this point, Adan was desperate for a place, and that is when his brother said he had land with an old house on it that he would sell them cheap. Adan and his family have been there for 4 months now in the old house but they would like to have something better for their children’s well-being.

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MA Centerburg Red- Mejia Garcia

Build Dates: June 13th-15th

Family Information:

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Father- Josue

  • Age: 29

  • Profession: Produce Packer

  • Monthly Salary: $265 dlls. approx.

Mother- Adriana

  • Age: 23

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Monthly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Johan, 2 yrs

  • Derek, 4 yrs, Kindergarten

  • Edwin, 6 yrs, 1st Grade

Property Information:

Colonia- El Zorillo
Time with property- 6 months  
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure- Wood, 1 Room
 

Family Story:

Josue and Adriana are a family of 5, with their 3 sons- Johan who is 2, Derek who is 4, and Edwin who is 6. They have gone through many tough circumstances during their few years together. After they were married, Josue and Adriana lived with Adriana’s mother. Their time there was problematic and they decided it was best for them to find their own place to live. For 6 years they rented a small one room house. They were able to by a piece of land and just 6 months ago, they started living on their land. The room they built was not done well and is not a good place for them to live. With all the rain this year, it leaked all inside the room. In addition to the leaks in their house, the rain also brought a lot of vegetation and with that came insects and even a snake. They are afraid for the holes in their house to allow for things to get in that should not. Josue is the only one who works and their monthly expenses are a lot for his salary to comfortably cover everything, and allow for them to build a proper home. They have hope that at some point they will have a home that is safe; a place where they won’t be afraid of something getting in, or a place where they will get wet when it rains. To top it all off, they found a tumor on Edwin’s face and he needs to get tests ran to see if he needs surgery or if it can be treated with medication. The kids dream is to have a home of their own.

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MA ACF Church- Urquijo Cruz Family

Build Dates: June 13-15

Family Information:

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Father- David

  • Age: 42

  • Profession: Sells Secondhand Items

  • Monthly Salary: $330-415 dlls.

Mother- Griselda

  • Age: 39

  • Profession: Assistant Teacher

  • Weekly Salary: $130-175 dlls.

Children-

  • Arlen, 7 yrs, 2nd Grade

  • Alejandro, 9 rs, 4th Grade

  • Jesus Armando, 15 yrs, High School

Property Information:

Colonia- Lopez Portillo
Time with property- 4 yrs
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure-
 

Family Story:

David and Griselda are originally from Sonora, but came to Ensenada with their three children in search of better opportunities. They rented for a year before getting land on credit, which they will soon have paid off. David built a small one room shack made of wood and scarp materials for them to live in as a family. They decided to live in these conditions because it meant that they could have a land and place of their own. David works selling secondhand items, and Griselda works when she can get hire. This is one of the reasons for why they do not have a proper, safe house to live in. They have invested all their money into their children, their school, and paying off their land. Their desire as parents is that their children would be able to grow in a stable home worthy of them. David and Griselda have been married for 17 years and fight every day to give their children the best they can offer. They’ve put their faith in God and hope that through the help of Homes of Hope, will be able to find the opportunity to succeed.

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Ford Family- Beltran Hernandez Family

Build Dates: June 8 & 9

Family Information:

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Father- Jesus

  • Age: 27

  • Profession: Agricultural Services Warehouse

  • Monthly Salary: $240-305 dlls.

Mother- Griselda

  • Age: 27

  • Profession: Develops Medical Products

  • Weekly Salary: $225-280 dlls.

Children-

  • Tania, 4 yrs, Kindergarten

  • 2nd Daughter born April 25


Property Information:

Colonia- El Veladero
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure- Live in Taco Cart
 

Family Story:

Jesus and Griselda met here in Ensenada. When they first moved in together, they lived with Griselda’s uncle. Their oldest daughter Tania was born during that time. Tania is now 4 years old and when both Jesus and Griselda work, she stays at the government daycare provided by Griselda’s job. Jesus works at the Agricultural Services Warehouse and is in charge of the cleaning and unloading of products. Griselda works producing medical products and is the auxiliary of quality control. Griselda works Monday-Friday, 7 am to 5 pm. Their land was transferred to them as a gift by her father. They were living in a taco cart, but Griselda became pregnant with their second daughter. She had a high risk pregnancy and their doctor told them that they couldn’t live in those conditions any longer. The dirt, dust, and lack of utilities could put Griselda and her unborn baby at risk. They left their land and rented a small apartment where they planned to stay until after their baby was born and out of danger.

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Self Storage Blue- Martinez Leon Family

Build Dates: June 3 & 4

Family Information:

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Father- Marco Antonio

  • Age: 27

  • Profession: Construction

  • Weekly Salary: $288 dlls. approx.

Mother- Nancy

  • Age: 26

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Weekly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Dylan, 5 yrs, Kindergarten

  • Marco Antonio, 8 yrs, 3rd Grade

  • Cristian, 12 yrs, 6th Grade

Property Information:

Colonia- Todo Santos
Time with property- 1 yr 4 months
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Trailer
 

Family Story:

Nancy and Marco are a young family from Ensenada. Nancy got pregnant when she was just 14 years old, Marco was 15. Marco wanted them to move in together and lot leave Nancy alone with the baby, but because they were so young, they went to live with Marco’s sister for 5 months and then they moved in with Marco’s mother. It has been very difficult for them. Marco was very young when he needed to start working, and at such a young age, he wasn’t ever able to earn much money. For that reason, they have moved around a lot over the years; never being able to establish themselves in one place and build something. Marco works in construction and odd jobs, earning around $72 dollars a week. Nancy stays home to care for their children and home. They are currently living in a trailer that they bought when they got their land. They continue to make the monthly land payments on their property.

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Self Storage Red- Garcia Torres Family

Build Dates: June 3 & 4

Family Information:

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Father- Fortino

  • Age: 37

  • Profession: Construction

  • Monthly Salary: $385 dlls. approx.

Mother- Miriam

  • Age:34

  • Profession: Corner Store Clerk

  • Monthly Salary: $135 dlls. approx.

Children-

  • Angel, 2 yrs

  • Dayana, 6 yrs, 1st Grade

  • Danna, 6 yrs, 1st Grade

  • Brayan, 11 yrs, 5th Grade

  • Jaretzi, 13 yrs, 6th Grade

  • Vanessa, 14 yrs, Jr High

Property Information:

Colonia- Jenaro Vazquez
Time with property- 9 months
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Wood
 

Family Story:

Miriam and Fortine are originally from Sinaloa; they have been married for 16 years and have 6 children together. They came to Ensenada 12 years ago looking for better work, a better way of life and security as Sinaloa is a dangerous state to be in. They feared that if they stayed in Sinaloa, that their children would get involved in the delinquency; they saw a lot of young people get caught up in the drug trafficking. Once they arrived in Ensenada, they rented a place for about 9 months. It was during that time that they heard about Homes of Hope and decided to find a piece of land for themselves. Fortino works in construction and Miriam as a store clerk for a little corner shop. 5 of their 6 children go to school; only the youngest does not, he goes with Miriam to her work. They live in a small room that they built on their land. They have hope that one day they will have a proper home of their own.

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Starting Point Church- Alvarez Contreras Family

Build Dates: June 3 & 4

Family Information:

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Father- Jesus Isidro

  • Age: 39

  • Profession: Field Worker

  • Monthly Salary: $295 approx.

Mother- Eulalia

  • Age: 25

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Weekly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Lucas, 6 yrs, 1st Grade

  • Levi Daniel, 4 yrs, Kindergarten

  • Pregnant with 3rd Child

Property Information:

Colonia- Bella Vista
Time with property- 1 1/2 yrs
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- Yes
Structure- Wood
 

Family Story:

Eulalia is from Oaxaca and Jesús is from Sinaloa. They have been married for four years. Eulalia came from Oaxaca as a single mother with only her youngest child, she left her eldest with her parents until she was settled in Ensenada. She has had a difficult time as a mother. The father of her first child went to the US to work and he would send her money, but soon after, she lost all contact with him. The father of her second son did the same. She came to Ensenada looking for a better job and for more opportunities. She met Jesús here and he was willing to take on the role of father and provider for her two kids. They were married in 2015. Jesús has been working hard to support his new family. They are expecting their third child in May or early June. They live in a small property that they are currently paying off. The total cost of the property was around $6,000 dlls. They have already paid half. They make monthly payments of around $100 dlls. Their house is an odd mixture of good and bad materials. They used wood scraps and tarps for the walls, but then added a layer of concrete on top of it. The roof is made with wood scraps, but has shingles on top, which a family member gave them. From the outside, the house looks better than it actually is, and inside, part of the roof is collapsing. Their house is already cramped with the 4 of them, and will be even more so after the baby’s arrival.

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Team Roper- Duran Morales Family

Build Dates: May 10 & 11

Family Information:

Mother- Micaela

  • Age: 42

  • Profession: Produce Packer

  • Weekly Salary: $65 approx.

Children-

  • Brian Manuel, 4 yrs

  • Clemente, 15 yrs, Jr High

Property Information:

Colonia- Paraiso
Time with property- 2+ Years  
Electricity- No
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Materials & Dirt Floor
 

Family Story:

Micaela is a single mother from Mexicali. She came to Ensenada with her first husband, the father of her two elder children. They came to Ensenada looking for work, but after some time, the husband got mixed into a life of drugs and alcohol. He was physically abusive towards Micaela, and one day she decided it was best for her to leave him and go back to Mexicali with her family. Things weren’t going well though for them, so she moved back to Ensenada. She was living with her mother-in-law at first, but things were not any better between her and her husband, he continued to hurt her and look for her at his mother’s. Micaela started asking friends for help and if anyone would let them move in. Micaela was afraid to live anywhere on her own for fear of what her ex-husband would do to her. Eventually, the man left them alone and Micaela met another men who is the father of her 4 year old son. That was not a good relationship either and Micaela did not want him to be setting the example for her children of what a man should be, he was never responsible for the care of Micaela and her children and was an alcoholic. Today, Micaela lives alone with her children. She lives in a shack that she built for herself when she decided to stop renting and get land on credit where she could build a home for her children. Micaela’s desire is to be able to provide a better future for her children.

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Faith Community- Torrez Gaspar Family

Build Dates: May 25 & 26

Family Information:

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Mother- Zahira

  • Age: 25

  • Profession:

  • Weekly Salary: $65 approx.

Children-

  • Rodrigo, 6 yrs, Kindergarten

  • Adrian, 2 yrs


Property Information:

Colonia- Esteban Cantu
Time with property- 1 1/2 yrs
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure- Scrap Materials
 

Family Story:

Zahia is originally from Colima. She grew up in an abusive family situation. Her father drank and beat her mother, causing 2 miscarriages. Eventually her mother had enough and her and the children fled to Ensenada. They came looking for a better life, and moved in with an aunt. Zahira was about 4 years old when they came to Ensenada. They had problems while living with the aunt and had to move out to a trailer that had been loaned to Zahira’s mother. When Zahira turned 18, she moved back to Colima. That is where she met the father of her eldest son. Things were going well until he began drinking and physically abusing Zahira. It got to a point where Zahira couldn’t take any more and she had to move back to Ensenada with her mom and stepdad. Shortly after, she began dating a man who lived in the US and came to Ensenada every once in a while. She got pregnant and the father said that he would help take care of them, but that he wouldn’t leave behind his life in the US. He helps from time to time, but it has been difficult for Zahira to take care of two children alone. Zahira’a mother eventually asked her to leave, but donated land to her so she had somewhere to go. She got some money and paid for the legal rights to the land, and built a small room from scrap wood and tarps. She has lived there for over a year. As a mother, Zahira wants the best for her children. It would be the best for her to know that her children are safe, that they won’t be cold, or wet in the rain. She says Homes of Hope gives them the opportunity to have something that she alone cannot give to her children.

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Grace Fellowship- Morales Parra Family

Build Dates: May 10 & 11

Family Information:

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Father- Candido

  • Age: 39

  • Profession: Odd Jobs

  • Weekly Salary: Varies depending on Jobs

Mother- Lorena

  • Age: 39

  • Profession: Homemaker

  • Weekly Salary: N/A

Children-

  • Cristopher, 13 yrs, 5th Grade, suffers from COHEN Syndrome and psychomotor retardation

  • Evelyn, 5 yrs, Kindergarten, also has COHEN Syndrome and is intellectually delayed


Property Information:

Colonia- Ampliacion Praderas
Structure- They live with Candido’s family
 

Family Story:

Candido and Lorena are born and raised in Ensenada, they met 15 years ago and have 2 children together. Both of their children suffer from the same disorder, it is known as COHEN Syndrome. Christopher is 13 years old, but he doesn’t appear to have 13 years. He does not speak, does not write, and walks slow. He also suffers from focal epilepsy. The two siblings have this syndrome and also hereditary spastic paraparesis, which causes them difficulty in walking and the inability to straighten their legs. Both children have this due to a hereditary problem that both parents carry, or as their doctors have told them , a mutant chromosome from both sides came together and caused the children to be born like this. The family doesn’t currently live on their land, they live with Candido’s family. It has been difficult for them to be able to live in the conditions that some families do while building their own home. They have paid off their land debt, but haven’t been able to build anything. They spend a lot of money on medications and doctors for their children. Candido works in what he can; sometimes he drives trucks, sometimes he goes to the fields to work. They need their own home because they want something safe for their children, so that they may grow up with a better quality of life.

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Roadwire Sales- Chavez Osorio Family

Build Dates: May 8 & 9

Family Information:

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Mother- Rosa

  • Age: 31

  • Profession: Nanny

  • Weekly Salary: $55 approx.

Children-

  • Eduardo, 16 yrs, High School

  • Karla, 15 yrs, High School

  • Quetzaly, 7 months (Born Oct. 5, 2018)

Property Information:

Colonia- Rancho 4 Milpas
Time with property- 12 years  
Electricity- Yes
Running Water- No
Structure- Wood
 

Family Story:

Rosa is born and raised in Ensenada. She met her first husband at the age of 15 and had her son Eduardo when was was 16 years old, and at 17, she had her daughter Karla. For five years Rosa struggled with her husband who was using drugs. Rosa tried to help him, but he didn’t ever do his part to quit the drugs, and they only had constant problems. Rosa decided to leave him because she couldn’t continue down that path of caring for her children and husband; she needed to do what was best for her children. After Rosa decided to end things, her husband insisted she not leave him and would bother her and her children; he’d get so aggressive towards them, and she’d have to go to the police for help. After time, he eventually let them be. Rosa now has a boyfriend who lives close by, and her oldest children have accepted him. Rosa’s father bought her a piece of land many years ago when she was still married. Her first husband helped her build a house on that land and that is where they still live. Rosa used to work at the school where her children attended; the director of the school had given her children a scholarship to attend. After working for the school, Rosa decided to leave and work cleaning houses. Rosa had been working for herself cleaning houses for 6 months before she got pregnant with Quetzaly and was unable to continue doing that. Currently Rosa works as a nanny and is the sole provider for her house and children. Rosa wants to have a better house and provide something of better quality for her children to live in.

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