meet the Loeza-Juarez family
Laura, Joanna, Jesus, Raquel, and Samantha
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”
L aura Juarez was born in Veracruz, Mexico and came to the United States 17 years ago. She now lives in a tidy apartment in Lafayette and has been employed at Wabash National Trailer Center for four years. Laura is hardworking and eager to become a homeowner in order to provide permanent housing and an opportunity to “move forward” for herself and her children: Joanna (15), Jesus (10), Raquel (8), and Samantha (5).
Daughter Joanna is a pretty, articulate, bilingual teen who attends Jefferson High school and would like to get a job this summer. Joanna enjoys her classes, especially geography, and says her mom is a “very caring person who makes great pasta.” Jesus and Raquel are giggly and happy siblings who attend school at Edgelea Elementary School. Jesus says, “Mom is very nice and a good cook.” He especially likes to eat his mom’s burritos. Raquel giggles as she says her mom is “funny.” Samantha has Down’s Syndrome and attends afternoon classes at Linwood School. Samantha is becoming trilingual as she speaks some Spanish and some English and uses sign language. The family attends weekly mass at St. Mary’s Church in Frankfort, where Jesus and Raquel have started First Communion classes. There is an abundance of love, strong work ethics, education and smiles in this young family.
Laura Juarez dreams of having a home on a quiet street where her children can ride bikes and play outside. She has started earning her sweat equity hours by working at the Habitat office and looks forward to beginning her home-owning classes and to swinging a hammer or painting the walls of her Habitat home. Her industrious children admit to being eager to have a home of their own where they have adequate space and a chance to move forward together.
Laura Juarez dreams of having a home on a quiet street where her children can ride bikes and play outside.