SAN ANTONIO – Just like in the movie Field of Dreams, a dream has become reality in what was a west San Antonio vacant space near Acme Road.
They helped build it and now they are coming home.
Nineteen new homeowners received the keys to their dream homes at a dedication ceremony Saturday morning in Hope Village.
New homeowner Nancy Garza grinned from ear to ear as she surveyed the scene.
"From September to now, it's amazing how far we got within two months," Garza said.
Garza, who is a courthouse security monitor, said her two children are really looking forward to having a place of their own after living with extended family for years.
"I did a little over 300 hours of service. I would go Mondays after work and Saturdays I was here early in the mornings," Garza said.
During the summer, it was hot, Garza said, but worth every bit of sweat.
"I'm still I guess in shock that I'm finally going to have my own home!"
Saturday's celebration was a big one for Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit in its 40th year of helping low-income families own new, safe, affordable homes.
"Habitat's very first house in the world was here in San Antonio," Habitat Vice-President Stephanie Wiese said.
Wiese agreed it was an awesome day of service.
"We have more than 300 volunteers doing landscaping, helping, they've been out here all fall. These houses started right after Labor Day," Wiese said.
Community support is vital to making it all happen, according to Wiese.
"Businesses, churches and lots of individuals help and help our families," Wiese said, "We give a hand up and not a handout to families that have a need. Our average family earns about $28,000 a year."
Wiese said the homes feature no interest payments over the course of a twenty-year note, making payments about $550 per month.
To find out more about how to get involved in the program, follow this link: www.habitatsa.org.