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Hispanic family gets first Habitat home

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Neivaly Dominguez (WALB image) Neivaly Dominguez (WALB image)
Gerardo Dominguez (WALB image) Gerardo Dominguez (WALB image)
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Jennifer Vanston (WALB image) Jennifer Vanston (WALB image)

Flint River Habitat for Humanity gave the organization's first home to a  Hispanic family. They cut the ribbon earning ownership of their first Albany home. 

Imagine having to live in South Georgia without air conditioning or heat.  For seven years The Dominguez family did not have air conditioning or heat in their old home, so they say their new Habitat home is a huge blessing.

Neivaly Dominguez said, "My Mom said that we are blessed." The Dominguez family cut the ribbon today, officially earning the key to their new home in East Albany. 
Gerardo and Susana Dominguez and their four children moved to Albany seven years ago.  They have lived in a mobile home with no air conditioning or heat, until they earned this new home through Habitat for Humanity, making their life much easier.

"Because we get to turn on the air whenever we feel like it.  Over there we had to wait until it got cool," said Neivaly.

Flint River Habitat for Humanity officials describe the Dominguez as an ideal habitat family that will help the diversity of their organization's mission.

"This is monumental for us. This is the first Hispanic family that we've had. Out of the 160 home owners plus that we have had over, since 1987," Executive Director Jennifer Vanston said.

"This is a lot of tomatoes, and look at the squash," Gerardo Dominguez said.   

You can see the pride the Dominguez have in their new home. The garden is thriving, and the flowers Susana has planted add a real splash of color.
Habitat officials say they hope this family's success will inspire more Hispanic families to apply.

Vanston said "We have actually all of our applications and all of our classes.  And we have translations and translators available to help families that might be intimidated by the challenges of English as a second language."

The children say another great feature of their new home is the paved driveway, for bike riding and chalk art.  A family that says they feel blessed now to be in a new, comfortable home.

The Dominguez family put in more than 400 hours of sweat equity, building their new home with Habitat for Humanity volunteers.

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