The Orozco-Valencia Family
Magdalena “Maggie” Orozco came to the United States from Mexico when she was a young woman. She met the man who would become her husband, got married, and the couple settled in the Pasco, Washington, area. Sadly, the marriage didn’t last. Before Maggie and her husband were divorced they had three children. Today, Maggie is a single mother and the sole provider for her children. Approximately 12 million households in American are headed by a single parent. Of those, more than 75 percent are headed by single mothers.
Linda Morgan moved to Bellingham in 1975 to study Sociology and Criminology at Western. After graduating she worked as a counselor at a work-release center, helping young people rehabilitate to society. But only a couple of years into her career the program was defunded.
You don’t ever think it’s going to happen to you–that all of a sudden…you’re in this part of your life where you don’t have enough to live. I never thought I’d be in this position. I’m very lucky now that I’ll be able to have a home.”
The Santiago-Reyes Family
Despite 2020 being such a challenging year, we’re so grateful we had the chance to dedicate our Bramble home to the Santiago-Reyes family, and that they go to spend the holidays in their new home.
The Santiago Reyes family came to Washington in 2006. Aracely was pregnant when she and Eli arrived. They came to work in agriculture, on a raspberry farm in Lynden, Washington. Their first house was a small, drafty cabin on the raspberry farm where they both worked. The couple came to be with family, a common desire among those working on Washington’s berry farms.
The need for safe, affordable housing is more important than ever. We here at Habitat have seen firsthand how improved living conditions lead to the improved health of our Partner Homebuyers. Any donation, big or small, will help us keep building here in Whatcom County. If you are able, please consider pledging $5 per month.