“This home is my Mother’s Day gift” said Maria Pimental as she wiped tears from her eyes.  Maria and her husband, Salvador and their two sons who were living with them, lost their home and all their possessions when the Valley Fire swept through Middletown in September 2015.  For several months, they lived with their son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Laura and their son, Benji.  Just weeks after the fire, Laura learned she was pregnant with twins.

Needless to say it’s been a rough few years. Through it all, though, Maria has thought of others and prayed for the community. “I have prayed everyday for Hope City and for Kevin, for the staff, for all the volunteers.  I am so thankful for our beautiful home.  Even though our house is finished I will continue to pray for Hope City so that they can continue to help other families to return home.”

Their home has been a labor of love, involving volunteers from across the U.S. and Canada.  Over $60,000 worth of volunteer labor has been put into the home. Maria and her family are so special to us, and it’s fantastic to see them housed.

Most importantly, we needed the seal of approval from the two-year-old twin granddaughters. They walked through the house saying “Nice.”

Maria’s favorite part of her new home is the kitchen. They were able to break the kitchen in for Mother’s Day, and had the whole family over to celebrate.