In just one day, you can change a family’s life in the most profound way. You can give them shelter, security, and and perhaps more importantly—you could give them hope. Corazon’s “Build a House in a Day” program takes a group of 40-50 dedicated volunteers into the marginalized communities of Tijuana and Tecate and builds an eligible family a home, all in just one day! Many families live in shacks and improvised shelters, often with no paved flooring. With your help, Corazon gives well deserving families a solid, substantial 16X20 foot home to shelter and protect their loved ones. Find out how you could sponsor a house build here.
“The house that I had, frankly, just wasn’t working; It rained more inside then out. My family and I would get wet, on rainy days. Our floors were made of mud, no cement, just mud. Thankfully, now that I have my house, my kids live better.”
Elizabeth Ramirez Montoya, Pedregal Community
We are often asked how we choose the families that we build for. In order to be placed on the waiting list for a house build, a family has to have completed a minimum of 500 community service hours and be an active Corazon participant. To be considered an “active,” Corazon participants must contribute 15 hours a month of community service in order to receive benefits. In other words, the family committed itself to the Corazón program.
“Build a House in a Day”
is, without a doubt, one of Corazón’s most popular programs. Many participant families join the Corazon Community out of a need of a home ,but they stay involved in the program for the numerous amounts of benefits and opportunities.
To understand the significance of qualifying for and receiving a new home, we asked one participant from our Canyon Carretas community, Patricia, to describe the day she was given her home
“I felt as if I were floating on clouds, and I still feel that way to this day.”
Beatriz Martinez is the mother of three children and has been a participant of our program for about 16 years. When she first joined Corazon she was in desperate need of proper housing, and she received her new home within 3 years. Even after receiving her new house, Beatriz has continued to be an active participant. She explains that Corazón’s construction program has been one of the most beneficial to her and her family. It provided her with the resources that she lacked and has enabled her to complete needed projects in her home without creating a larger financial burden on her family.
“I stayed in the program because I loved the community feel of it. I’ve learned so many. things. For example, in construction alone, I learned how to do flooring, and it’s helped me so much to be able to do my own work in my family’s home”