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Habitat For Humanity Of Martin County To Dedicate Home In East Stuart

Celebrate the newest homeowners in Martin County as the Cruz Family turns the key to their home for the first time; Home Dedication set for Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in East Stuart
August 26, 2019
STUART - When Juan Caban and Amy Rodriguez moved to Martin County with their two children from Puerto Rico in 2016 they hoped that, one day, they would be able to own their own home. After the children, Aslin and Josuan, settled into their schools and both parents secured jobs at Wal-Mart, they began to try to purchase a house.

Unfortunately, their two incomes were only enough to rent a two-bedroom apartment. Amy's father, Leo Rodriguez, became a Habitat homeowner in East Stuart in 2012, so the family decided to follow in his footsteps.

On Sept. 18, Amy and Juan will celebrate as they receive the keys to their new home in East Stuart. The home, located on Bahama Ave., is just a block from where her father lives.

Like all Habitat partner families, Amy and Juan have put in 300 sweat equity hours helping to build their own home shoulder-to-shoulder with volunteers from all over the county. They have completed Homeowner Education Classes, put down the required down payment and will soon receive a 30-year, no-interest mortgage, which they will pay back to Habitat for Humanity of Martin County each month.

"Purchasing this home will make a world of a difference for us because we will finally obtain housing stability," said Juan. "And it is all thanks to God and the many involved in every aspect of Habitat for Humanity. Thank you for helping families including my own."
This is the second home Habitat for Humanity of Martin County will dedicate in East Stuart in the past month. A third home dedication is scheduled for Sept. 28 in the same neighborhood and will serve as the final dedication in a partnership with the City Commission. In total, Habitat for Humanity of Martin County has built 23 homes in the East Stuart neighborhood.

"East Stuart is where it all began for us," said Margot Graff, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity of Martin County. "It is where we built our first home in 1991 and where we hope to continue to partner with hard-working families well into the future, whether it's with new homes or through our A Brush With Kindness program."

The dedication will begin at 4 p.m. at Amy and Juan's new home, located at 924 SE Bahama Ave. Stuart, FL 34994.
For more information, call Mike Readling at Habitat for Humanity of Martin County (772) 223-9940 or by email at



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