FORT MYERS, Fla. — Hilda and Daniela Gonzalez are now just a few steps closer to getting their brand new home and it’s with the help from The Habitat for Humanity organization.
It’s a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home. On Saturday morning, The FGCU softball team volunteered to help raise the walls of the future home for the Gonzalez family.
While everyone including the Gonzalez’s were working and hammering with smiles on their faces, Hilda Gonzalez said it hasn’t always been a joyous time.
That’s because she said she and her daughter are currently living in overcrowded conditions. They are living with another family of 6 people total in a 2 bedroom, one bath house.
“The conditions are not good. There is only 1 bathroom. It’s very difficult to live with 2 families and also the house has mold problems and that affects me and my daughter,” Gonzalez said. “It’s very difficult because in the mornings there is a lot of people and we are all trying to get ready to leave the house. “
Jenna Modic-Blyters, the Assistant Coach of FGCU Softball, was there helping build but also cheer on her team as they worked to put up the exterior walls.
“With Covid just kind of coming through and hurting a lot of people and inflation right now this is just really special to get to help them and have a place they get to call home,” Modic-Blythers said.
Gonzalez continued with saying how grateful she is to everyone that volunteered to bring her and her daughter’s dream of a new home a reality.
“This is a beautiful experience. I’m really happy that there is a lot of people here to help us. I’m really excited because pretty soon we are going to have our new house.”
Cece Schepp, the Director of Communications of Habitat for Humanity, was there to also guide everyone on the process.
“We have these amazing FGCU volunteers that came out. They woke up early. They were here at 7:45 a.m. sharp to make sure that we can get started,” Schepp said. “They’ve already laid out the exterior walls. So what they are doing now is hammering on hurricane straps and clips.”
As part of the Gonzalez’s partnership with Habitat, they will put in 300 hours of sweat equity, more than 20 hours of financial and homeownership education, and contribute $2,000 toward closings costs.
The organization said at closing, the Gonzalez family will buy their home through Habitat and receive a zero to low-interest loan with mortgage payments set at no more than 30 percent of their income.
For more information on Habitat for Humanity, you can visit their website here.