Tag: Ortiz


We Need You on #GivingTuesday

A message from our Executive Director: #GivingTuesday is less than a week away and if you choose to participate I hope that you will consider Habitat for Humanity.A safe, decent place to lay your head at night is a basic human need.  Over 14,000 in Whatcom County will struggle thisRead More

Work Begins in Blaine

It took nearly 4 years of persistent effort, but at the end of last month we finally received a permit to begin building on the Leeside Drive lot we acquired back in 2012. We celebrated Habitat style … by rolling up our sleeves and getting to work! Building House NumberRead More

A Place to Study, Learn and Grow: The Connection Between Housing and Education

  Julio Ortiz was a teacher in Guatamala before he immigrated to the U.S. to provide a better life for his family. So he means what he says when he talks about the importance of a good education for his children. The older two of his four children are inRead More

The challenges of keeping a family healthy in unhealthy housing

As an agricultural worker, Julio Ortiz makes barely enough to support his family. And he only gets paid for the days he works. A few stormy days, or a case of the flu could be a financial disaster. His job doesn’t offer health insurance, and he can’t afford it onRead More

Housing expenses are a major challenge for families in poverty

In his native Guatemala, Julio Ortiz was a school teacher. He walked for miles to work each day before he saved enough from his $10 per day salary to afford a modest motorcycle. After immigrating to America in search of a better future for himself and his family, Julio foundRead More