“There are not enough words to express my gratitude for being selected,” Veronica said. “From the bottom of my heart and my children’s heart, thank you. I appreciate being selected and will make your team proud.”
She has been working hard to give her children a home of their own. They moved to Indianapolis five years ago from Lafayette. “We have embraced Indy; it has been welcoming to us.
Veronica’s oldest daughter is Kassandra, who is doing well in a magnet program and aspires to be a veterinarian and care for the animals that people mistreat.
“My son, Luis, wants to be a game programmer, just like all teenage boys. Video games are the center of his world at the moment.”
Irene is truly the family’s miracle child as she was diagnosed with epilepsy at 2 1/2 years of age. “She attends a wonderful program provided by the city and has come a long way since we moved here,” _____ said.
“Last, but certainly not least, there is Jazmin, and she is a handful.
“I teach my kids that life is tough. But no matter how tough life is, you have to embrace it and enjoy it. My children would ask, ‘Mom, can we get a house now?’ It would break my heart to know that financially we were not at that point. Almost, I always responded, and they didn’t argue but accepted it and knew that I was really trying hard. A new home is becoming a reality.”
The Fuller Center builds and rebuilds homes and lives with hope, hard work, determination and prayer. The center was started in 2005 by Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Millard Fuller and his wife, Linda, founders of Habitat for Humanity.
Build sponsors included Sacred Heart of Jesus Church and Carter-Lee Lumber Co. They and other associates said they hope this home is the first of many new ones in the area. They commented, “Help us bring back the pride and community spirit to the Old Southside.”