Mary Ramos still remembers the day she moved into her new home in San Antonio, Texas when she was five years old. Her mother was a single mother of two, and, after immigrating to the country from Mexico, she struggled for many years to find a steady job and support system for her family. During this time, they found themselves moving from home to home, without a foundation to access critical health and wellness resources. Everything changed, however, when Mary’s mother applied to Habitat for Humanity’s homeowner program in 2001, where she was able to build her own, affordable home alongside Habitat volunteers and other families experiencing housing precarity.

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