Habitat for Humanity helps Albuquerque woman’s dream come true

Created: 08/23/2014 5:53 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque woman and her family finally have a place to call home thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

Maria Marquez and her daughter, Ariana Trenti, are now holding the keys to their brand new home.

“It's really emotional and exciting we finally have a home,” said Trenti.

Marquez plans to use some space in her yard to give back to the community.

“We're going to designate a little portion of this land to do a small community garden,” she said. “I see myself working with kids in the community.” 

After a ribbon cutting ceremony, Marquez served the volunteers breakfast. It took the team about three months and thousands of hours of work time to build the house.

“A lot of volunteer labor, a lot of time and effort, a lot of coordination and lot of luck too,” said Neal DeLange, the Build Site Supervisor.

And when you hear Marquez’s story you’ll understand why she was chosen by Habitat for Humanity.

She's had a lot of hardship in her life,” said Joan Costello, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Albuquerque. “Maria was homeless twice and lived out of her car. She's just so dynamic and constantly trying to figure out how she can help other families and bring them into the program.”

The team is hard at work building another house right down the street.

Three more homes are also planned but the organization is about $300,000 short.

To donate to the organization you can visit their website at

Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church is having a Chile Festival to Benefit the Habitat for Humanity Aug. 23 and 24. For more information on the event: Click Here

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