Modesta Blandin is the epitome of our co-investment guiding principle. She is 52 years old and has lived her entire life in Los Robles. A single mother to 3 boys, who also lives with her 3 brothers, Modesta is well respected by her neighbors. She is humble and kind and has worked hard to support others in her community. Modesta has volunteered on every single home construction project (17) we have completed in Los Robles since 2018, working full days alongside our master mason, Guadalupe Gadea. Because of her living situation and her outstanding community service, Modesta was selected to receive a new home in 2023. Follow along this week as we present her story.
Co-investment means that we encourage families to volunteer in their community as a way to cultivate human and social capital. We also require families to complete community service hours to be selected for home modification projects like concrete floors, bathrooms, and roofs. However, exceptions are made for the elderly and families caring for special needs patients.
As mentioned in the previous post, Modesta Blandin is 52 years old and lives with her 3 sons and 3 brothers. One of her brothers is mentally handicapped while another has had health complications for the last couple of years. Her house is in disarray, with holes in the roof and walls. When we sat down to speak with her, she expressed fear that her home would simply collapse because of strong winds. Fortunately, they will not have to worry much longer because a new home is on its way, made possible by our generous community of support. Stay tuned for parts 2 & 3 of Modesta’s story.
Modesta Blandin’s neighbors have nothing but good things to say about her and the hard work she has given to her community. “She absolutely deserves it”, said Jose Isodoro when asked about Modesta‘s new home. On the worksite, we asked Modesta if she was tired. She simply smiled and commented, “I’ll rest when the house is finished”. Keep a lookout for the home dedication and final chapter of Modesta‘s Homes For Good story tomorrow.
Each home dedication we do is important, but this one was particularly special. Surrounded by her neighbors and loved ones, Modesta read prepared comments, thanking God, the donors, and Comunidad Connect for making her dream a reality. She worked extremely hard over many years for her home and were are honored to be a part of this generational change for her family. Our community of support, near and far, is making a tangle difference in the lives of others. Thank you for your support and your partnership. Together we continue to go further!