Jose and Ana Herrera have started to rebuild their lives after the May 20 tornado — by helping build their own new house with help from Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and Continental Resources.
The couple and their daughter, Ana, are in the disaster area in Moore and south Oklahoma City to have a home built by Central Oklahoma Habitat.
The family huddled in a storm shelter as the tornado tore through their home. They were able to salvage little of what was left.
“It was truly a miracle to come out of the shelter and realize the magnitude of the destruction that surrounded us,” Jose Herrera said. “In such a short time our house and all of our belongings were gone.”
Despite the devastation, the family knew they had to rebuild their lives. Herrera saw a commercial for Central Oklahoma Habitat and contacted Pilar Morfin, Hispanic liaison for the organization. Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry that provides affordable housing for working families with limited income.
“We are so grateful to Habitat for Humanity for allowing us the opportunity to buy one of their houses,” Ana said. “Purchasing a home with no interest is truly a blessing and we will now have the option of using those resources to focus on other family needs.”
The family will help build a 1,300-square-foot home that will be dedicated in late November. Continental Resources is fully funding the home and providing volunteers.
“Ann Felton is making the dream of homeownership a reality for hundreds of deserving families across our community,” said Kristin Miskovsky, vice president of public relations for Continental Resources. “Through her leadership, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is helping not only to rebuild homes, but also to rebuild lives following the devastating aftermath of the Moore tornado. We are honored to partner with her to bring hope to hardworking Oklahoma families.”
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