Meet the Mendez Family

“This is our chance to have a place and a sanctuary to invest love.”

The lack of safe, affordable housing takes its toll and Raul Mendez and Kalesha Pruna know the struggle all too well.  Always searching for a decent place to live, they moved frequently with their four children.  Fortunately for them, their desperation turned into a commitment to provide a stable home for their children. 

Raul and Kalesha’s commitment to their children is clear.  Once sharing a small, two bedroom apartment, two children occupied each of the bedrooms while Mom and Dad slept in the living room.  Parents do whatever is needed to make their children comfortable.  Overwhelmed and anxious, Kalesha confided in a friend about their struggle and got some very good advice – apply to Habitat for Humanity.

A few months later Kalesha and Raul received the call that would change their lives; they had been selected as a partner family for the Magnolia Place project.

“We know it will take a lot of work and a lot of love. As a family, we are beyond excited and can’t wait to begin working. We are so thankful and blessed for this great opportunity and adventure to build memories in our new home!”  

The four active and animated children grin and talk joyfully about their new home, not really knowing the full significance.  But Mom and Dad do.  Never having to move again, change schools and make new friends. Having extra money for things like clothing, food or trips to the dentist.  A place to celebrate birthdays and holidays with family and friends, making cherished memories.  All because of a place to call home.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has worked to transform lives by building quality homes in partnership with families in need. To date, we've built nearly 140 homes. This #GivingTuesday, give the gift of homeownership to a family in need of a hand-up.