FORT MYERS - Plagued by severe asthma and allergies, Rosaliy Castillio is looking forward to a breath of fresh air in her new Habitat for Humanity home. The home is sponsored by Val Ward Cadillac; it is the company's 21st home sponsorship. With this sponsorship, the auto dealer's donations to Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties topped $1 million.
Through the use of volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Habitat homes are sold to the homeowners with an interest-free mortgage and monthly payments set at less than 30 percent of the homeowner's income, making homeownership an affordable reality. Habitat homeowners must qualify financially for the program; save $1,200 toward their closing costs; attend classes focusing on homeownership, budgeting and home maintenance; and complete 250 hours of "sweat equity" by volunteering at Habitat.
"We could not accomplish what we do without the dedication and generosity of companies like Val Ward Cadillac," said Habitat CEO Kitty Green. "The people that have galvanized to support our mission of bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope for families in need have contributed literally millions of dollars and through their efforts built scores of homes. We are very grateful to Val Ward Cadillac for sponsoring this home, and to all of the volunteers who worked on it."
About Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties
Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties is celebrating its 30th anniversary year as a chartered affiliate. It is one of the largest Habitat affiliates in the country, and has helped more than 1,200 families in Lee and Hendry counties become homeowners. It also supports Habitat for Humanity International by tithing a portion of its proceeds, allocated to Habitat's global fund, disaster recovery in Haiti and initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
For more information on home sponsorship or to volunteer, call (239) 652-0434 or visit www.habitat4humanity.org.