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meet the Rodriguez family

Habitat for Humanity | Lafayette, IN

Herlanda, Osvaldo, Brianna, Lizette, and Athan

“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.”

Psalm 127:1

H erlanda Rodriguez lives in an orderly apartment with her children: Osvaldo, Brianna, Lizette, and Athan. The family enjoys swimming and playing together in the Aquatic Center at Prophetstown State Park. Herlanda and the school-age children are all bilingual. Herlanda is a divorced, single parent and works the night shift at Wabash National Corporation where she makes lights for trailers. Working the night shift creates a challenge for childcare, but Herlanda has a friend who assists with that care. Herlanda enjoys many activities including cooking, swimming, and dancing.

Osvaldo is eleven, the oldest child, and currently attends school in Terre Haute. He expects to transfer to a Lafayette school in the near future. Osvaldo plays with his sisters and affectionately entertains baby brother Athan. Osvaldo says he likes to “dance and draw.” Plus, he enjoys his mom’s cooking especially her “eggs, ham and tortillas.”

Nine-year-old Brianna is in fourth grade at Edgelea School where she likes to study math and read books. She and her siblings are eager for a larger home where they can have a pet dog.

Lizette is six and in first grade at Edgelea. She likes to ride the school bus and to dress up. At school, she enjoys reading and coloring. Lizette says her mom is “pretty and a good driver.” But, Lizette adds, “All moms are good drivers.”

Athan, at seven months of age, is the youngest child. Athan has large, expressive brown eyes and uses his eyes to express wonder and absorb his surroundings. Athan has two teeth, rolls over with ease, and jumps vigorously in response to encouragement from older brother Osvaldo.

Herlanda has started attending her Habitat classes and accumulating sweat equity hours. Each member of Herlanda’s family is excited about getting a new house. Herlanda also wants her children to have more living space and to be able to play outside in a safe environment.

Each member of Herlanda’s family is excited about getting a new house.