ATLANTIS, FL – A Southwest Florida family will have a place to hang their stockings this holiday. They’re getting a house thanks to Habitat for Humanity. But it wasn’t a smooth ride to move-in day for the father of four.
Marcos Maldonado is officially the owner of this home on Spruce Drive. And for him, it’s better late than never. This dedication ceremony was actually supposed to be held in October. But a family emergency almost kept him from coming home for the holidays.
With keys in hand, Marcos Maldonado is ready to start a new life with his four children in their San Carlos park home.
“This is their first home that they’ve owned and they’re very very excited about it,” said Kitty Green, President of the Habitat for Humanity of Lee and Hendry Counties.
In October, over 30 South Florida PGA Professionals traded in their putters for paint brushes and sponsored this Habitat for Humanity rehab project.
“Wnowing that we were doing something good for the Maldonado family, it was great,” said South Florida PGA Foundation President, Tom Wildenhaus. “A lot painting, a lot of cleaning. It was good stuff.”
After five days of hard work, the family should have moved in, but their journey to home ownership took an unexpected turn.
“We had something in the family got sick, kind of pushed back a little bit, but we overcame that with family and friends,” Maldonado said.
Jennica Maldonado is doing much better now and her family is looking forward to celebrating her health and happiness for many years to come.
“Just happy to have a house that I can call my own, raise my kids, and live in this nice neighborhood that we’re in,” Maldonado explained.
Marcos Maldonado is planning a Christmas Eve celebration at his new home with his family. His four children each have their rooms picked out and they’re excited to move in.
Maldonado says he plans to continue working with Habitat for Humanity in order to help others achieve the dream that is now his reality.
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